It’s hard to imagine summer without the sweet aroma of barbecue sauce-smothered meat cooking on a backyard grill. While marinades definitely make protein taste great, the packaged varieties are typically void of any healthy nutrients. This summer, toss the bottled steak sauce, put on your chef hat, and mix up the homemade variety. Not only will a sauce made from scratch add flavor without excess calories or fat, but the right recipe may also cut down on the potentially cancer-causing substances that form in meat cooked over an open flame.
Previous research found that marinades that contain herbs such as rosemary, oregano, thyme, mint, and sage help minimize the number of potentially carcinogenic compounds that form in meat when it’s grilled. Now, more recent research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reveals that marinating meat in beer before throwing it on the grill can also reduce cancer-causing chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
Don’t have any sauce recipes up your sleeve? No problem. We’ve teamed up with some of America’s top chefs to bring you mouthwatering, healthy marinades that all contain ingredients that help keep you healthy.
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