SEVERE WX : Air Stagnation Advisory View Alerts

Can Grilled Meat Put You at Risk for High Blood Pressure?

For many of us, Memorial Day weekend means it’s time to fire up the grill. But according to one recent study, eating grilled meats frequently might mean putting ourselves at an increased risk for high blood pressure.

Posted: May 25, 2018 7:33 AM

CLEVELAND – For many of us, Memorial Day weekend means it’s time to fire up the grill.

But according to one recent study, eating grilled meats frequently might mean putting ourselves at an increased risk for high blood pressure.

The study looked at more than 100,000 people, all healthy and free of heart disease, over a 12-16 year period.

Participants took dietary surveys and recorded what they ate. At the end of the study, about a third of the participants developed high blood pressure.

Haitham Ahmed, M.D., medical director of cardiac rehabilitation and preventive cardiologist at Cleveland Clinic, did not take part in the research, but said the way we grill our meat could make a difference.

“The researchers saw that, if you were grilling, cooking or broiling meat to a very high temperature, and doing so frequently, your risk of high blood pressure, over that time period, was significantly increased,” he said.

Researchers found that those who were grilling as much as 15 times per month were at highest risk.

Dr. Ahmed noted that previous research has shown when meat is cooked at very high temperatures, to the point where it’s charred, harmful chemicals can form.

“We know that when you cook the meat to very high temperatures, particularly when you char it, there are these harmful chemicals that form on it called heterocyclic aromatic amines (HAA’s),” he said. “We also know that when the juices of the meat drip down onto the flame, it causes these additional chemicals, called polycyclic hyrdro-carbons, that stick onto the meat. These are bad for the arteries, they induce oxidative stress, they cause inflammation, and they’ve also been shown to be carcinogenic.”

Dr. Ahmed recommends limiting meat intake to no more than three times per week.

“If you’re going to be cooking or grilling your meat, maybe don’t char all of it, or at least cut off the charred portions,” he said. “You can also consider cooking it on a lower temperature, for a little bit longer, or flipping it more frequently.”

Dr. Ahmed said that overall, eating grilled meat is okay, as long as we’re only having it in moderation.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 392197

Reported Deaths: 5186
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah60432839
Washington42082398
Marion39986507
Clackamas32861382
Lane30179358
Jackson24956361
Deschutes23639185
Umatilla15135182
Linn14704179
Douglas13438292
Josephine10201246
Yamhill9787143
Klamath9072147
Polk8248102
Benton611138
Malheur592790
Coos5693107
Columbia433356
Jefferson420866
Lincoln363852
Union339255
Crook336356
Wasco317046
Clatsop262735
Baker220833
Tillamook217045
Hood River214537
Morrow197825
Curry192439
Harney119933
Grant108515
Lake105616
Wallowa76013
Sherman1913
Gilliam1854
Wheeler1141
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 5087907

Reported Deaths: 74561
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles152858627184
San Diego4074794340
Riverside3880835358
San Bernardino3748555967
Orange3346265736
Sacramento1684922447
Kern1578751804
Fresno1568972259
Santa Clara1522681929
Alameda1252361507
San Joaquin1076041834
Ventura1040841191
Contra Costa1038691046
Stanislaus915481417
Tulare861371099
San Francisco56931672
San Mateo56354629
Monterey52521626
Solano47693358
Santa Barbara47345553
Merced45086668
Sonoma43207412
Placer42204470
Imperial38516773
Kings35221362
San Luis Obispo31511360
Madera26233311
Shasta26113458
Butte25476318
Santa Cruz22268224
Yolo21590260
Marin18495249
El Dorado18325166
Sutter14577186
Napa13424105
Yuba1076389
Tehama10282130
Humboldt10183119
Nevada10029105
Mendocino857799
Lassen797656
San Benito782979
Tuolumne774691
Lake7046110
Amador578366
Siskiyou475855
Glenn457436
Calaveras442288
Del Norte376942
Colusa325921
Inyo256746
Plumas19397
Mono18924
Mariposa160718
Trinity99817
Modoc7725
Sierra2180
Alpine1080
Unassigned810
Out of CA00
Medford
Cloudy
43° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 43°
Brookings
Partly Cloudy
52° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 52°
Crater Lake
Partly Cloudy
43° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 43°
Grants Pass
Cloudy
43° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 43°
Klamath Falls
Clear
35° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 35°
More developing valley fog tonight
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events