The Health Benefits of Marinating Meat

It’s time for summer, so let the grilling commence!  While grilled meats are tasty, lower in fat and calories than fried counterparts and packed with essential nutrients, there are hidden dangers because meat poses a risk to your health that you may not be aware of. Meats cooked at high temperatures that are well done can lead to the formation of cancer-causing agents called carcinogens. Have no fear - marinated meat not only has benefits of taste and tenderness, but it has health benefits too!

Marinated Meat and Health Benefits

When we grill meat or cook it at high temperatures, it can lead to the formation of heterocyclic amines (HCAs).  These substances increase the risk of cancer in those that consume them. However, if you marinate your meat, cancer risk can be decreased by as much as 95% because it creates a barrier to high-temperature cooking. The shortest amount of time you can marinate meat to reduce the formation of these HCAs is as little as 20 minutes. This is not the only reason why you should marinate your meat. By marinating meat you can achieve not only health benefits but many more - which includes more tender, juicier, and tastier meat in addition to the health benefits. 

How to Marinate Meat Safely

Raw meat can contain harmful bacteria which can contaminate a marinade. For this reason, it is very important that you marinate your meat in the refrigerator and never reuse the marinade the meat has been soaked in.  If you wish to use some of the delicious marinades as a sauce, then set some of your chosen sauce aside in the fridge in a jar or a bowl for later use. It is also very important that when you marinate the meat you use either glass or food-safe plastic.  Metal and pottery glazes can react with the acid in marinades and should be avoided.  

Tariq Halal has a wide selection of the finest lean cuts of meat for your summer BBQ.  We also have a great selection of pre-marinated meats for your convenience.  Let the best Halal butchers in London make light work of your daily summer menu.  Visit our website to find out more about our online meat box delivery service as well as our premium range of quality products.