According to information shared by the North American Olive Oil Association, using olive oil can help to reduce the risk of cancer associated with grilling. Cooking meat & poultry at high temperatures especially if charred, produces cancer causing compounds called heterocyclic amines (HCAs). These substances have shown the ability to damage our DNA in ways that make cancer more likely.
Experts recommend marinating your meat in Extra Virgin Olive Oil for at least 30 minutes before grilling. This helps to reduce the formation of HCAs because the oil acts as a barrier between the meat and the heat, and the healthy phenols seem to quench the formation of potentially carcinogenic compounds.
Just FYI, these HCAs are not formed when grilling vegetables even if they're charred. It's still a great idea to toss them in EVOO just before grilling, & add a little Sea Salt, black pepper & your favorite spices for some extra flavor!..
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