Beer Lowers the Level of Carcinogens in Grilled Pork


Grilled pork chops . . . now less likely to kill me thanks to the power of beer!

Science has been on a roll recently, even by scientific standards. In 2013, CERN confirmed that they had detected the Higgs boson, a particle that was theorized to exist back in the mid 60s, and one that plays a central role in the Standard Model of particle physics. This year, astrophysicists announced the detection of gravitational waves that appear to confirm the inflationary hypothesis of standard cosmology. (Cosmic inflation is the theory that the universe — while still less than one second old, and very, very hot — expanded at greater than the speed of light for a fraction of a second.)

Yesterday, however, a discovery was announced that holds great personal importance to me — scientists announced that marinading pork chops in beer lowers the amount of a carcinogen known to come from grilling. Science, beer, and grilled pork all came together in one wonderful result — beer is good!

Specifically, here’s what the study found. Pork chops marinaded in beer exhibited lowered levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) after being grilled on a charcoal grill, compared to non-marinaded pork chops.

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