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Is rare steak healthy for consumption?

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April 30, 2007 12:16PM

Is steak healthy for consumption? Not really. It's high in saturated fat and cholesterol, dietary factors which may increase your risk of heart disease and stroke (among others). Lower fat meats such as turkey or chicken or omega-3 rich fish products such as salmon would be better choices. Is rare steak safe for consumption? Sufficient cooking kills pathogens such as E.Coli and Salmonella which could be lurking on the meat. Consuming under-cooked meats with such pathogens can result in food poisoning. Not every piece of rare meat is going to give someone food poisioning, but the risk is certainly higher than in more cooked meats. On the other hand, overcooking meat on a BBQ grill can lead to the buildup of certain carcinogens known as heterocyclic amines, or HCAs, which have been found to increase the risk of stomach cancer. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/heterocyclic-amines