Does eating food with grill marks increase risk?

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Question from Annie: My sister, another child of our breast-cancer surviving mother, refuses to eat food with 'grill marks' because of the cancer risk. I LOVE to grill and I do like a bit of char...not completely blackened, but black grill lines. Who's right? Me or sis?!
Answers - Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. Grilling does lead to carcinogens, but there actually are some studies that show that marinating the meat for as little as 30 minutes ahead of time, and it doesn't matter what marinade, pretty significantly reduces the ultimate amount of carcinogens formed when the meat is grilled.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Nutrition Through the Holidays featured Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. and Larissa Korde, M.D., M.P.H. answering your questions about what and how much to eat when holiday treats abound.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in October 2009.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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