Grab A Case, Because Beer Can Prevent Your Grill From Giving You Colon Cancer

Grab A Case, Because Beer Can Prevent Your Grill From Giving You Colon Cancer

Next time you leave a beer can half-empty on your coffee table as you nod off on the couch instead of going out, you better show some respect and tend to that wounded soldier. After all, it could save your life one day.

Scientists in Portugal recently completed studies showing that beer could prevent cancer. You see, when you grill a steak, or a burger, or chicken, or sausage, or a pork loin, or corn on the cob, or a pizza, molecules called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are formed. These things mess up your DNA and can cause colon cancer, which in turn can cause you to shit in a bag for the rest of your days. Sucks, right?

Wrong. When barley is roasted in the beer brewing process, melanoids are formed, and these things fight off the colon cancer-causing PAHs. Before you grill, make sure you soak the animal slab in beer – but not the Pisswater Light you purchased so you can afford better car insurance. No, for this, you’re going to need a Guinness, because the darker the beer the better.

“When cooked, unmarinated steaks had an average of 21 nanograms (billionths of a gram) of PAHs per gram of grilled meat. Those marinated in Pilsner averaged 18 nanograms. Those marinated in black beer averaged only 10 nanograms.”

Throw a few back while you’re tending the barbeque too. After all, if a little as a marinating can prevent cancer, imagine what a thirty rack in your belly could solve.

It’s science.

[via Economist]

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