Rosemary + Meat = BFFs

I keep reading how the common herb we warmly know as rosemary seems to stop cancer cold in its tracks. More specifically, food scientists have found that rosemary inhibits the formation of HCAs – carcinogenic compounds that form when you cook protein – by as much as 79%! (This study in particular took place at Kansas State University) Include rosemary in your next marinade, especially when bbq-ing or cooking at high temperatures, for a significantly healthier meal! Other herbs that reduce cancer causing compounds include: basil, mint, sage, savory, marjoram, oregano, garlic and thyme.

{Rosemary Infused Grilled Chicken Breasts – Image & Recipe from}

Here are some more tips from Natural News for reducing the risk of cancer from cooked meats:
  1. Cook at lower temperatures. The higher the temperature the more HCAs and other cancer causing compounds are formed.
  2. Bake whenever possible. With baking it is easier to control temperature and the highest amount of cancer causing compounds are produced by grilling, barbecuing and pan frying.
  3. Don’t make gravy from meat drippings. The National Cancer Institute warns that meat drippings – even from meats cooked at lower temperatures – contain substantial amounts of HCAs.
  4. Limit consumption of meats, especially high-fat meats, reduce the portion sizes, select lean cuts and trim the fat on meats.
  5. Avoid charring meat and eating charred parts.
  6. Be sure to eat at least five servings a day of fruits and vegetables.

15 thoughts on “Rosemary + Meat = BFFs

  1. Oh oh, you totally hit on one of my favourite things ever, adding rosemary to chicken (not to mention Thanksgiving turkeys:))! If you try it along with lemon, garlic, olive oil and nice sea salt, it’s also another heavenly combination of flavours :)

  2. I love rosemary with meat. My grandma used to have a rosemary bush and put it in everything. I should use it more often though. Thanks for the info!


  3. I am so glad you posted this…rosemary is one of my favorites!!! I actually used it on Thanksgiving and you’re right, it’s like the forgotten herb or the over looked one. I can’t wait to try this recipe, yummy!! xoxo

  4. The drippings from meat is FAT… we should not eat animal fat.. Rosemary I haven’t read, heard it in a song…lol.. but cummin.. that’s got to be good.. That chix looks great tho… love yaXXXXXXx OOOO

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