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  • Charred vegetables and cancer risk

    Is there any cancer/health risks associated with charred vegetables (potatoes etc.)? I see a lot of conflicting advice online. I understand that charred meat may contain carcinogens like HCAs, but does this also apply to potatoes and other vegetables?

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    BL,

    Only meat products form heterocyclic amines, as this reaction requires high heat and creatine (only found in meat). It is possible (likely, even) that all charred matter possesses some type of carcinogen. As far as the dosing where risk becomes significant, I'm not sure. I tend to think the total dietary pattern is far more important at influencing health trajectory.

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