I received this info last Thursday evening at TOPS and just got around to typing it out and sharing it with my family E-mail today . Thought it might help some people here as well.
Healthy Up Your Burger with this Spice
Cooking meat at high temperatures - a la flame grilling - can create cancer-causing substances . But here's a spice that counters it : rosemary .
Yep , mixing some rosemary into your burgers may make them not only tastier but safer and healthier , too. In a study , adding rosemary extract to beef patties before grilling slashed the production of harmful high-heat compounds by up to 90 percent .
Spice it up !
The cancer -causing substances created by high-heat grilling are called heterocyclic amines (HCAs ) . They form when amino acids and creatine react together under high temps - and research suggests these compounds could up the risk of certain cancers , such as stomach cancer. In addition to adding rosemary to grilled meats , you can dial down the HCAs by cooking at lower temperatures and frequently turning meats on the grill.
How does rosemary extract beat back HCAs ? It's high in antioxidants that may neutralize precursor compounds before they can turn into HCAs. Not a rosemary fan ? Studies show that mixing ground meat with thyme , sage , or garlic , or even chopped apples , pineapple , or cherries may do the trick as well.
From : www.realage.com