Summer 2019: What barbecue favorites are putting your health at risk?

If you're going to be firing up the grill and serving some savory treats this summer, take caution, because some of your barbecue favorites may be a health risk.

Experts say that cooking certain meats on the grill can put you at a higher risk for certain cancers, according to AccuWeather. Called HCA's and PAH's, these cancer-causing compounds form when animal protein is exposed to intense heat and smoke.

But grill masters and barbecue lovers can reduce their health risk from these compounds with a few simple steps. Since HCA's are a reaction to intense heat, simply reduce the temperature when you are cooking. Using acidic marinade when cooking can also reduce the formation of HCA's by 90 percent.
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