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Well-done meat doubles bladder cancer risk
Frying, grilling and barbecuing until meat is charred can form cancer-causing chemicals, research shows.
In a study, people whose diets included well-done meats were over twice as likely to develop bladder cancer than those who preferred meats rare.
The University of Texas investigators found the risk was highest for those who ate well-done red meat such as steaks, pork chops and bacon; but even chicken and fish, when fried, significantly raised the odds of cancer.
Three major types of the cancer-causing chemicals, collectively called heterocyclic amines (HCAs), raised cancer risk by more than two-and-a-half.
"These results strongly support what we suspected - people who eat a lot of red meat, particularly well-done red meat, such as fried or barbecued, seem to have a higher likelihood of bladder cancer."
Charred meat has already been linked to pancreatic cancer.
Dr Panagiota Mitrou, of the World Cancer Research Fund, said: "When we looked at all the evidence on meat and cancer, it did not suggest meat increases risk of bladder cancer.
The UK Food Standards Agency says people can reduce their risk from chemicals that may cause cancer by not allowing flames to touch food when barbecuing or grilling, and cooking at lower temperatures for a longer time.
Published: 04/19/2010
Dr. Iverson's Comment
I’ve been talking about this for a very long time. My mentor’s mentor taught that Nature gave us the land to live off. This means that whole and natural, non-processed foods are the best selections. Vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, and of course flesh foods fall in this category. Interestingly, Nature gives us meat only one way…RAW. That is right! Nature gives it to us very very rare! 
It is now being understood, as the study shows above, that the problem is not with the meat itself, it is with how humans are preparing the meat. We cook it for too long and that changes the natural structure of the protein and can make cancer causing chemicals. 
Choose to eat your meat either rare, or cooked “slow and low” over many hours like in a crock pot or roasting. 
Meat can be a very healthful food for some people. I discuss this all in my new book Nature’s Diet in the chapter’s discussing protein and fats. Don’t miss it—you will enjoy all the jam-packed health information. It comes out soon after summer.
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