Getting ready to fire up the ‘ol grill? Good call. Also, don’t forget to marinate with beer.
A study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry has found that beer marinades can help reduce the presence of harmful, cancer-causing substances in grilled meat. Meat grilled at high heat can form substances called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), especially if you burn it. PAHs are possible carcinogens. However, beer, wine, and tea marinades can reduced levels of PAHs in grilled meat.
Researchers marinated pork in pilsner, a non-alcoholic pilsner, and a black ale, and they then grilled said pork until well-done. Of the three, the black ale did the best, reducing the levels of PAHs by half when compared to marinated pork.
So, you heard it here: marinate your meat.