It’s Grilling Season, Don’t Forget to Marinate!

Barbeque season is officially here and many of us love to grill. One of the things that every good barbeque needs is a good marinade because without that, there’s no flavor. A marinade is a sauce that you create, typically from oil, spices and herbs, where you soak your choice of meat in order to give it flavor and to tenderize the meat. In addition to those two very important things, a good marinade can also have several health benefits.

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Marinating steak, fish, and chicken can decrease the amount of carcinogenic heterocyclic amines (HCAs). These are produced when meat is cooked at high temperatures, like with grilling. Marinades that contain lemon juice or vinegar can reduce HCA’s by as much as 99%. Dark beer has proven to be more effective at preventing the formation of these HCA’S. Marinades also reduce the production of harmful compounds called advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which cause cellular inflammation and are linked to aging and the development of chronic diseases.