Change your dinner plans
In my home, our meals are mostly vegetarian, especially during the warmer months when there’s a bounty of local produce available.
But every once in a while, we just have to answer the call of a nice juicy steak. Sometimes we’ll fire up the grill, but other times we’ll give it a quick turn in a cast-iron pan on the stove.
After reading about a new study from the University of Southern California and the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, though, I’m really glad our pan-frying is limited to once a month or so.
The U.S.C. researchers found that frequently indulging in pan-fried red meat could raise your risk of prostate cancer in a pretty big way.
Men who ate more than 1.5 servings of pan-fried red meat per week had a 30 percent higher risk of advanced prostate cancer. Eating more than 2.5 servings per week led to a 40 percent higher risk. And remember, a serving of red meat is about the same size as your palm. So depending on the size of the steak, you could be eating several servings in one sitting.
Hamburgers in particular were linked to a greater risk of cancer.
The researchers think the raised risk comes from carcinogen accumulation that comes with cooking meat at high temperatures.
Men who ate mostly baked poultry had a lower risk of advanced prostate cancer. However, pan-frying poultry also increased risk for the disease.
So if you’re looking to prevent prostate cancer, take a look at how often you’re indulging in pan-fried meats. You might want to make it an occasional treat rather than a regular feature of your dinner table.
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“Pan-Fried Red Meat May Raise Prostate Cancer Risk: Study,” Medline Plus (nlm.nih.gov)