Summer is in full swing and that means... its time to get grilling!!! Marinating with lemon & olive oil decreases HCA's by 71% according to research in the Journal of Food Science!*
HCA's= Heterocyclic Amines- chemicals produced by the grilling of meat. HCA's are on the NIH's list of "reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogens".
Juice of 1 lemon
grated lemon rind
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp fresh ground pepper
1-2 garlic gloves, crushed
1 tbsp honey
Mix all of the ingredients togther. Get the kids involved! Kids can help turn the pepper mill, stir the ingredients, squeeze the lemon, etc.
Use marinade on chicken, fish, tofu, or whatever you dream up!
*Other ways to decrease HCA's- grill veggies (no HCA's at all); limit meat consumption, avoid burning/charring meat, opt for beef or fish on the grill (chicken has been shown to produce 2-7 times the amount of HCA's).