Q: Hello Dr. Ketch. What are the effects when you eat burned food?
A: Hmm, I hope this post will not be used against a dear sister as evidence she’s trying to kill someone 😀
I remember the first time I heard the term, ‘char-grilled’. I looked at the food and it certainly looked black to me 😀 And I was wondering, what’s with the fancy name for burnt food? 😀
Well, the answer to this question is simple. Burnt food does not taste as nice as the real thing, right? 😀 So, that’s bad. The nutritional value of burnt food is also significantly reduced.
Finally, overheating food (even without burning) can lead to the formation of substances that cause cancer…remember our post on over-heating oil beyond its smoking point. If you missed that post, catch up here: http://chatwithdrketch.com/2015/06/20/daily-health-tips-can-i-re-use-oil-i-had-used-for-frying/
So, be wary of foods with charred or burnt bits…like burnt toast.
Generally, boiling and steaming are gentler ways of cooking food, preserving their nutrients and reducing the risk of producing cancer-causing substances.
Have a good night, people 😀