Grilling can be eco-friendly, and grilled meats are often leaner than those cooked over the stove or in the oven. But according to the New York Times, cooking meat at super-high temperatures on a grill can form heterocyclic amines – toxic chemicals that have been linked to cancer.
But before you give your grill away, there’s good news: Marinating meats with rosemary has been proven to lower the formation of carcinogens. In general, marinating helps prevent the creation of heterocyclic amines, but rosemary is among one of the ingredients that helps the most. (Garlic and onions are also effective carcinogen-busters.)
So before you grill this summer, make sure to marinate your meats ahead of time, and check out our gallery of 10 carcinogen-busting rosemary recipes to test out at your next backyard BBQ: