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Carcinogens in Meat

August 25, 2019

“Carcinogens in Meat” What are some of the
ways we can decrease our exposure to the
carcinogenic substances in meat that are formed during cooking? They have a whole list of hazard factors. The first factor is meat type, with processed meat—red or white, being the worst. Then temperature, with cooking at under 260 degrees Fahrenheit, so like boiling or microwaving, safer, whereas broiling, roasting, or pan-frying is the worst. Turning it over every minute lowers risk, and rather than a dark and flavorful crust, they recommend pale and soft, cooked rare, lowers risk as long as you meet food safety guidelines. Spices or a vinegar-containing marinade lowers carcinogen formation. Avoid gravy, stick to one serving, which is like a deck of cards or the size of a bar of soap, and eat vegetables and
fruit with your meal. Even just being around a barbeque may be a bad idea, even if you don’t eat anything off of it. Here, they estimated the extra lifetime cancer risk associated with standing about 6 feet away from a
charcoal grill every day and about 30 feet away with both 25% skin exposure, and 100% skin exposure. They’re not talking about
grilling in the nude; this is out of the recognition that light clothing probably provides little protection from
these gaseous carcinogens. Skin contact is often neglected in these kinds of risk assessments of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, but we know it’s a problem from studies on firefighters that show that even in full protective gear, breathing through a respirator, they still end up with these
compounds in their bodies, likely through their neck
under their helmets. These results indicated
that outdoor exposure to barbecue fumes (particularly through the skin) may have become a significant but largely neglected source of health hazards, but their estimates were from barbecuing once a day, every day, year-round. Though, they’re thinking that toxic fumes might actually stick to people’s clothing, which could then bring inside with them to continue exposure. These are all some of the chemicals that led to the official scientific body that determines what is and is not carcinogenic to declare that processed meat does cause cancer, and red meat probably causes cancer. They considered both the nitrites in processed meat as well as these cooked meat carcinogens. However, due to the
practically unavoidable presence of other
carcinogenic compounds, which are already present in raw or unprocessed meats, these chemicals are not the only potentially carcinogenic substances in meat and meat products. These other substances are well known environmental pollutants, such as some heavy metals, dioxins, and PCBs, so-called persistent organic pollutants, to which we’re primarily exposed via dietary intake of dairy
products, meat, and fish. Although dioxins are created when paper pulp is bleached, but I have a feeling this is an autocorrect error. How bad a problem is
this in the United States? The USDA examined whether levels of dioxin-like compounds in meat and poultry indicate a possible concern for U.S. public health, and they concluded that a typical U.S. adult’s exposure is below the EPA-established
reference dose, meaning the maximum acceptable limit of a toxic substance. Only children consuming average daily servings of meat or poultry regularly containing the highest levels may exceed the limit. Putting all the carcinogens together, some toxicologists suggest limiting the consumption of
beef, pork, and chicken such that children consume at most five servings combined of all these meats each; so, on average, like one serving every six days or so max. Yeah, but what about organic meat? We’ll find out, next.


  • Reply BijouLover8 July 4, 2018 at 11:56 am

    YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT WHAT YOU PUT INTO YOUR BODY…..YOU SHOULD TREAT IT LIKE YOU WOULD A NEW CAR….AFTER ALL, YOU CANT TRADE IT IN OR BUY A NEW ONE WHEN IT DOESNT WORK ANYMORE! Put lousy cheap oil in it and ignore the troubled ahead warning signs, just turn off the…. check engine light! See how far or how long you can go before you need repairs….(Diseases). I would rather pay extra for decent food than eventually give it to a doctor as a Co-PAY. HE DOESNT CURE YOU….JUST PROLONGS THE BREAK DOWN, WITH HIS DRUGS. This is just food for thought. Your peanut butter, all has RAPESEED IN IT….(AKA CANOLA OIL. ) NEUROTOXIN TO THE BRAIN….we feed it to our children and elderly. Research it.

  • Reply Jackie July 4, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Is salmon skin dangerous when overcooked?

  • Reply Matthew Jennings July 4, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Dr. Greger can you do a video on the life time risk of smoking cigars.

  • Reply Fernando Torres July 4, 2018 at 11:58 am

    How should we cook tofu?

  • Reply Milton Quintanilla July 4, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    I like how this was released on Independence Day 😅😅😅

  • Reply KawaiiNightmare July 4, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Aww the cliffhanger

  • Reply Ilda Harper July 4, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Only one word great.

  • Reply Lincoln Clay July 4, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    It's a shame that it tastes so nice though, im a vegan but i still miss eating meat now and again. I get cravings for it when my family is having a bbq.

  • Reply Exotic Parallel July 4, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    I read something from the Weston a price foundation yesterday that said red meat prevents cancer and is "anticancer"

  • Reply Alvin Lee July 4, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    That wasn't an autocorrect error! The scientist preparing the paper spelt it "dairy", and it slipped through autocorrect!

  • Reply OZSA87 July 4, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    I see a growing number of people trying out carnivore diets, Jordan Peterson and his daughter are eating a beef only diet, the guy is famous and made a lot of people curious and try it out, even though he doesn't recommend the diet, he and her daughter feel amazing, what's weird to me and to him as well, how did his daughters arthritis get cured by that diet. I see no carnivore trials on pubmed, can anyone find any studies about this ? It's a dangerous diet, especially if it starts trending.

  • Reply Jennifer Stokes July 4, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Lol. Happy 4th of July. 😁

  • Reply supersilverhazeroker July 4, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    so my neighbors who are always bbqing in the summer with the wind directly at me are increasing my cancer risk.

  • Reply mmmgorgeous July 4, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    soy contains high levels of estrogen

  • Reply Skeptical but open July 4, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Good timing (4th of July.)

  • Reply Doug bananaboy July 4, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    There are plenty of studies that show eating animal parts and drinking their liquids at every single meal improves health and longevity. Why don’t you report on these studies ? Totally biased plant based vegan propaganda here cherry picked data

  • Reply burp SPANKER July 4, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    I love how this came out on the day when people cook the most processed meats like hamburgers and hotdogs on a Bat-B-Q. Rip them.

  • Reply LIFE STARTS NOW July 4, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    Wait, am I the only one that grills in the nude?

  • Reply 77 Yy July 4, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    All studies done with cooked meat not raw.

  • Reply susan brandt July 4, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    No meat for me. I will be enjoying a marinated portobello mushroom today. YUM!!!

  • Reply ElleV Pavan July 4, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Whether it's cigarette smoke or bbq fumes.. I hold my breath and quickly remove myself from the area.
    I've this automatic warning sign that lets me know as soon as toxic fumes are nearby.
    I'm also known for waving my arms sometimes frantically to clear the stenchy polluted air.

  • Reply absolutely incredible July 4, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Happy Cancer Meat Grill Independent day.

  • Reply petegalvs July 4, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    This video gave me cancer

  • Reply Steph Ss July 4, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    Reminds me of when I was working in a restaurant kitchen…and grilling day in and out. Wowzers.

  • Reply TATTOEDVEGAN July 4, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Humans eat meat? Hhhmmm……Strange.

  • Reply Peter Faber July 4, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    It's always like this, isn't it:

    Research: [meat] + [ignore everything else] = blame meat.

    But just for the sake of it, research the other side of the spectrum as well. Lots of plantbased foods have unhealthy aspects as well. Depending on preparation it is worse. High Glycemic carbs, like pasta increase risk for lung cancer for example.

    But combine these high glycemic carbs with vegetables and fiber, prepare it the right way and the risk drops significantly.

  • Reply Dawn Ginese-TheSingingNurse July 4, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    It would be interesting to know how chefs, particularly BBQ chefs death rate compared to the general public in reference to cancer.

  • Reply sooooooooDark July 4, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    well yea meat is bad
    cooked meat is worse
    go figure

    so plants are good
    and cooked plants are better!
    ohhhhh wait a moooment

    (do u guys actually think our ancestors ate a vegan diet?…humans r smart and can get their hands on animal products every day if they want – and have since like 2.6 million years or so……..COOKED IS THE BAD THING THAT HAPPENED NOT ANIMAL CONSUMPTION U DERPSORS……….once or twice meat a month is much less harmful than eating cooking food every meal!!!! no science required for that)

  • Reply The Debate Hitman July 4, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    This is a perfect video for the Fourth of July holiday.

  • Reply Vegan Walk July 4, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, woohoo! It's Fourth of July!

  • Reply cjp0605 July 4, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    I'm planning on grilling my veggie burgers today.

  • Reply Pomeray8 July 4, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Ahem…Greger’s background is in zoonotic disease without any clinical practice (Greger is not Board Certified in anything related to internal medicine)

  • Reply SaleXchannel July 4, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    diary products… lmao

  • Reply Z July 4, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Asians are not big meat eater. They do rice farming for good reasons. There is a study on relationship between starch and IQ. Try google the top 5 countries with highest average IQ. I think there is a conspiracy to make us stupid.

  • Reply Craig Bates July 4, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Nice. Now I have to cancel the cookout. jk I'll be cooking bean burgers.

  • Reply SaleXchannel July 4, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    so many "experts" in the comments… love it! great comedy 😀

  • Reply James July 4, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    It is a complete paradox, we have canine teeth, do better on plant food but grains are very unhealthy to eat due to the insulin spikes , what the hell is that all about

  • Reply Shahab Eslamian July 4, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    Basing these ideas based on firefighters has no credibility. Their suites and equipment are shown to be carcinogen.

  • Reply Sean Freeman July 4, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    We would like to know your thoughts on activated charcoal for detoxification. there was a study, that indicates charcoal can increase lifespan upto 30%. that's a huge deal.

  • Reply DJ Arnoldo July 4, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    For all the idiots on this thread impugning Dr. Greger's credentials: Dr. Greger has an army of paid and volunteer reviewers combing through every medical and nutritional journal in the world. This is about his 20th video showing the link between meat and cancer. In each video he shows you the source peer-reviewed academic journal articles, go read them yourself! His conclusions and recommendations are inescapable.

  • Reply Inspired By Bliss July 4, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    This is obvious

  • Reply Davide Callegari July 4, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    It would be easier for non English speakers if you could read a bit slower than how you read here 🙂

  • Reply Kevin B July 4, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    Id rather not look like giger and live 5 years less and have decent sized arms.

  • Reply Playthrough & Review July 4, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    Grilling up a bbq chicken once in a while is worth dying for. I'm sure the same can be said about grilling veggies.

  • Reply Nicole Johnson July 4, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    Dear nutrition facts team,

    my family and I have only been vegan for just over 9 months and your videos and website have been extremely helpful in the process. The "daily dozen" video was one of the best explications, on what's best for us to eat, that I have come across this far.

    I have a 3 year old and all the information suggests that toddlers have different dietary needs to adults, could you pls do a "daily dozen" type video on:
    at what ages, which foods parents should be focusing on?
    Kind regards

  • Reply Alec Rodriguez July 4, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    My family is barbecuing today😭 meat.

  • Reply Juan Ramz July 4, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    Murica don't care

  • Reply Sunghee Lee July 4, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    Thank you, Dr. Greger for another excellent video. Can’t wait for the next one!!

  • Reply sea of happiness July 4, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    Fasting is the way!

  • Reply yanarlee July 4, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    I love the flow that he talks in.

  • Reply Joe Ochoa July 4, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    Why today?

  • Reply redauwg911 July 4, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    Eat meat get cancer and die…

  • Reply Hulagu Kahn July 4, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    48 years eating meat and I'm suppose to change into a cow in a few weeks.
    Give a [email protected]#@#@G break at least on July 4, would you?

  • Reply albert kevin July 4, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    I don't think we trying to live for ever

  • Reply White Kita July 4, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    meat is the most disgusting thing ever………and on independence day so many people will swallow grilled and barbecued body parts ……URGHH!!

  • Reply jholmie July 4, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    gonna enjoy my beyond meat burger at this afternoon's bbq!

  • Reply The Curious Sapien July 4, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    Excuse me while I put on my Hazmat suit and go outside to BBQ my ribs to a nice beige color. 🤣

  • Reply Coswagrigus July 4, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    Why are the best tasting ways to eat meat the worst?

  • Reply Van Allen July 4, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    You all know this was about 4th of July BBQ'ing. If 4th of July BBQ'ing was the only day you ate this way you would be fine. Even the Okinawa ate meat. Just not much of it. Enjoy the occasional BBQ and fireworks! They're most probably carcinogenic but …. I really don''t care… I have 364 days to make up for it 👍

  • Reply J. Dee July 4, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    umm, well put, boiling meat would be a much better option at 100F not to mention. .

  • Reply vulcanhumor July 4, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    Huh, so, smoke is carcinogenic? Who knew.

  • Reply TEX SUN July 5, 2018 at 12:01 am

    I'm making the transition to become vegan.  Certain vegetables also have protein. You don't have to worry about too animal much animal fat or antibiotics etc.  Vegan burgers are pretty filling.  If you don'tget certain vitamins from vegetables, you just have to take supplements.🤠

  • Reply SeaDawgOST July 5, 2018 at 12:03 am

    Second hand meating?

  • Reply Lloyd Christmas July 5, 2018 at 12:40 am

    What a surprise. 😉

  • Reply bananas July 5, 2018 at 1:05 am

    great content however some mumbling I just can't understand.

  • Reply Coconut Girl July 5, 2018 at 1:11 am

    Great video for today thank you!

  • Reply Dark Chocopuff July 5, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Vegan : Meat caused cancer.

    Me : What doesn't this day?

  • Reply Eelke Aptroot July 5, 2018 at 4:05 am

    How to moderate the cancer risk though…

  • Reply Wildman Samurai July 5, 2018 at 5:36 am

    There's nothing wrong with eating meat.

  • Reply chris July 5, 2018 at 5:44 am

    This video has taught me …. Uh mmmmm uhh hmmm … NOTHING I HATE HIS VOICE ITS LIKE HIS DYING WHILE TALKING SMH LMAO ITS BEEN PROVEN MILLIONS OF TIMES MEAT IS HEALTHIER THAN GMO SHIT PLANTS YOULL NEVER FIND IN THE WILD you shouldn't be eating plants unless you got big ass eyes on the sides of your heads and Miller's all over your mouth with a large snout and hooves smh lmao even gorillas that eat 90% plants every minute of the day still eat bugs that are attached to the plants there's no such thing as veganism in nature #govegananddie please people do your research don't be a sheep be free and live till your 100th birthdays on meat like the natives of our past

  • Reply fuckfannyfiddlefart July 5, 2018 at 7:18 am

    By "meat" you mean the chopped up and cooked pieces of an innocent victims body?!

  • Reply Vitamin B July 5, 2018 at 7:34 am

    So no more campfire?

  • Reply Aiden Sloman July 5, 2018 at 7:54 am

    Love that the key results are highlighted but regardless of who published it i would love to see a quick run down of the type of methodology that they used to conclude these findings. Maybe we need a traffic light system for scientific vigour, green for double blind randomised controlled studies, red for non controlled epidemiology studies perhaps??

  • Reply Pascal July 5, 2018 at 8:18 am

    Happy to know that my lonely existence is at least keeping me safer 😂

  • Reply TEAM AJEY July 5, 2018 at 9:01 am


  • Reply vvdv July 5, 2018 at 9:02 am

    we have been eating grilled meat for hundreds of thousands of years?

  • Reply JNPollard July 5, 2018 at 9:30 am

    Don't forget to mention the daily bombardment of cancer radiation from your cellphone you get everyday. No one wants to talk about that though.

  • Reply Chele Holsted July 5, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    What are your thoughts on this cause I’m really confused?? Lol

  • Reply M. C. July 5, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    The way we're going as a society, everything is now a carcinogen. Meat, dairy, eggs, the pesticides sprayed on all farmed plant foods, the air, fluoride in water, charcoal and gas grills, gas exhaust from your car, smoking, industrial smoke and exhaust, the heating elements on your stove, the pans you cook food in, and on, and on, and on. How will we possibly go on living? It's futile, just go ahead and kill yourselves!

  • Reply Azarah Eden July 5, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Listening to pseaudo scientific fame chasers can give ya cancer 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • Reply fuqinazhole July 5, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    the WHO study on carcinogens in animal protein was shown to be crap. look it up.

    I can't eyeroll hard enough….

  • Reply Dann July 5, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    He should go on the JRE would be interesting

  • Reply Joseph1NJ July 5, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    So what about cooks who work on a grill all day? Shouldn't there be an unusual rise in their cancer rates?

  • Reply Justin Case July 5, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    If it can look back at you and scream in pain
    DON'T put it in your mouth .

  • Reply m0L3ify July 5, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    lol! Dr. Greger, ever the 4th of July buzzkill… 😂

  • Reply David Gardell July 6, 2018 at 12:04 am

    So upsetting when I was working at a school were kids are fed processed meat every day! The parents don’t care/know about what the WHO says… The kids have no choice but to trust them. I didn’t hear of a single case where a parent told the school to not feed them this crap…

  • Reply Nicholas L July 6, 2018 at 2:54 am

    But toothless hillbillies say "meet bees guud fa youuu!"

  • Reply Lion-Heart IV July 6, 2018 at 6:08 am

    Who has a barbeque every day?

  • Reply NICK COIN July 6, 2018 at 10:35 am

    ++ + Dark Chocopuff You said ''No we are not that dumb nor we need studies to know what is good or bad for us''
    Really ,seriously ,….you DONT need scientific studies to know what is good or bad for you ?? Are you sure you are not that dumb??

    I have show to you by main stream reputable universities and institutions that meat eating is bad for human health .you stubbornly insist to support meat consumption .Τhe sad thing is that you refuse to provide any data to support your opinion.Total meat consumption and processed meat intake appear to be linked to increased risk for cancer, including prostate cancer. Other diet-related prostate cancer risk factors include deep-fried food consumption, dairy intake, and egg consumption. Dioxins and alkylphenols that may be in animal foods, cooked meat carcinogens and multivitamin use may also raise prostate cancer risk.
    When men with active prostate cancer eat a plant-based diet, or even reduce the ratio of animal to plant protein, their cancer progression appears to slow. One way a plant-based diet seems to help is by reducing the amount of excess hormones entering the body.Ι guess all this scientific information is useless for you and your carcass eating friends ,obviously you ''know better'' …Wish you the worst

  • Reply Petter Smedstrand July 7, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Plants are sentinent aswell you piece of shit, they cry when you rip them off the ground. Better eat a nice beef steak, that suffered not. Ofcourse all you vegan fanatics ignore the studies that show plants have feelings while you jump over them that state they dont, fucking hypocrites, thats why everyone hates you.

  • Reply M. Fender July 7, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Raw grass fed ribeye steaks are wonderful.

  • Reply Najeeb Sheikh July 8, 2018 at 3:00 am

    3:50 it says lamb should be limited in adults (ONCE in 4-5 months), and severely limited in children (isn't once in 4-5 months already severely limited?). Also says charcuterie is fine and can even be increased? Huh? I thought those processed meats had a higher chance of causing cancer?

    What does lamb have that beef doesn't? And how is charcuterie ok?

  • Reply gdcat777 July 13, 2018 at 5:47 am

    The breeding of animals or the taking of their milk, eggs, or lives for consumption is repugnant.

  • Reply Wendi Froedge July 14, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    Dr. Greger can you please comment about this Dr. Gundry character and his new book claiming lectins from beans are killing us? You are my guru. Can you please comment, or review his claims? Inquiring minds!

  • Reply Xavier July 18, 2018 at 12:25 am

    In less than fifteen seconds of his video he says something that invalidates his entire point. He tells you…when you cook. Well don't cook it, problem solved.

  • Reply Ideoform Sun July 26, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    I make fire without charcoal lighter fluid. I use tinder, clean paper, and a magnesium stick for sparks.
    AZO dyes are still allowed in the casings of sausages. AZO dyes are carcinogenic.
    I think AZO dyes are contaminating a lot of foods and food ingredients.

  • Reply Ruby Lea Balmores July 28, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    It is true that you need to avoid all soy product when you have endometroima?

  • Reply MEN 101 August 31, 2018 at 7:25 am

    Eat raw organic pasture meat and raw organic eggs, nothing is more natural for humans as that’s how we were eating from the start. Cooked meat and dairy are dead foods.

  • Reply im1who84u January 9, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Eat healthy, be happy, die anyway. Life is good…… enjoy!

    All things in moderation.

    Saliva gives you cancer.

  • Reply Dax Marshall April 23, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    Basically every thing will kill you

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