A 25-year-old male asked:
Disclaimer

is there any cooking method to avoid creating the cancer causing hca in meat such as chicken? heard pan fry and grilled causes hcas to form.

2 doctor answers
Dr. Clarence Grim
57 years experience Endocrinology
HCA and Cancer: HCAs form when amino acids (building blocks of proteins), sugars, and creatine (found in muscle) react at high temperatures. PAHs are formed when fat and juices from meat grilled directly over an open fire drip onto the fire, causing flames. These flames contain PAHs that then adhere to the surface of the meat. PAHs can also be formed during other food preparation processes. See HCA at cancer.gov
Answered on Sep 5, 2015
1
1 thank
Dr. Mohammad Shahzad
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Baking: Baking
Answered on Sep 6, 2015
1
1 thank

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Related questions:

A member asked:
Dr. Ashwin Patel
42 years experience Urgent Care
Very little risk.: Over cooking certain kind of meats on a grill, especially beef, releases a chemical that is blamed for cancer. It, however, needs a prolonged consumpt ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
40 years experience Holistic Medicine
It's complicated: There is strong evidence that meat and dairy can increase cancer risk but not all meat and dairy is created equal. Grass-fed beef without hormones or ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joshua Messer
14 years experience Family Medicine
Cancer is complex: Many things can cause cancer and there are very few single agents that 100% explain it. It is usually a combination of factors that increase one's ri ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
No: This is a perennial scare story. There are even militants who claim that all cooked food is horrible. Cooking, especially char-broiling, does generate ... Read More

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month