Saturday, June 19, 2010

AGEs in Our Meat

Is everyone having a nice weekend? Today Nick and I are working on the front of our house. We picked weeds last weekend and today we are laying down the mulch. I can't wait. It's going to look so much better, even just by adding the mulch. As you all know tomorrow is Father's Day. Any plans? Nick's father passed away a few years ago so he is coming with me to my family reunion (we do a family reunion every Father's Day) then we are hitting the outlet malls on the way home! I have to get some new clothes for my new job.....right?!


If you are a registered dietitian, I hope you are also a member of the American Dietetic Association. Although it's quite pricey to join, in my opinion it's worth the price (and I'm cheap!). I especially love the direct access to their journal; The Journal of the American Dietetic Association. In this month's issue there was an interesting study about AGEs (Advanced Glycation End Products). These AGEs are a "diverse group of highly oxidant compounds". You know antioxidants? They are supposed to protect us form things like AGEs. AGEs, and other oxidative compounds, are known to cause inflammation in the body and thus contribute to higher risks for heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. They are found mainly in animal protein foods, but more will form when these animal proteins are cooked (especially high fat animal proteins).

How can you prevent the formation of these AGEs?

Use shorter cooking times

Cook with moist heat

Cook at lower temperatures

Marinate your meat and poultry in acidic ingredients prior to cooking (I really like to add balsamic vinegar to my ground beef prior to cooking it)

If I don't use balsamic vinegar as my acidic ingredient, I use lime juice. The chicken below was used for Nick's poker dinner (I pack him a dinner to take to poker every Tuesday so he doesn't get stuck eating wings and pizza with his friends. I swear he likes it!). Prior to cooking it on the stove, I marinated the raw chicken (1 pound total) for about 30 minutes in; 1/2 cup lime juice, 1/2 cup BBQ sauce, and 2 tsp. seasoning mix. After cooking this chicken I put most of it away in the freezer, and I put the remainder on a bed of brown rice for Nick's dinner.

I then topped it with some spinach, broccoli, and more BBQ sauce (he loves BBQ sauce, I can't be too much of a food Nazi).

The next time you cook your meat or poultry, try to follow some of the above tips! You'll be glad you did (or at least your body will).
Did you know that inflammation also causes premature aging? Yep, so go get some acidic ingredients for your next marinade!

Coming Up
Ironically, on Monday night Nick and I are taking my dad to The Thurman Cafe for Father's Day (one day late). Their signature burger was featured on the show Man Vs. Food. Let's just say it's HUGE and I'm going to prove to my dad that I can eat the entire thing. Yes, I know what you're probably thinking "Gina, you just posted about the danger of heating and eating high fat proteins without following the above tips". True, but as I always say, everything in moderation ;)

Monday's post will be a video blog about YOGURT. I will talk about three different types of yogurt; soy, regular, and Greek. They each have positive and negative qualities, but they are all a fantastic addition to a healthy diet!

Thanks so much for reading everyone, and have a great day!


  1. I've never heard of AGEs before. Thanks for the info.!

  2. Oooh, have fun at the outlet mall!! New clothes are DEFINITELY a necessity for a new job! :-)

  3. My dad likes watching man vs. food. I think he's trying to live vicariously through the guy on the show. :-) I haven't read my latest ADA magazine yet because it's in St. Louis, but I'll look for that article...sounds really interesting, and I love balsamic vinegar, so I should be safe..phew!

    Have fun celebrating father's day and going shopping!

  4. Oh, but what about searing meat? It's a high heat cooking, but with much less cooking time. Would that sort of cancel it out?

    I'm a bad daughter...I only just realized that it's Father's Day tomorrow!

  5. Hadn't heard of AGEs before. Good to learn! And I love how mulch brightens up everything in the garden! It can seem like a lot of work, but then when the garden is finished and you look at the final mulched garden, it always looks so much better!

  6. gina thank you for sharing this info....super scary and i had no idea! glad you are having fun with your house....nothing like working on something that is yours :)

  7. Very informative--I have never heard of AGE's before! And of course you need new clothes for your job! I hope you find lots of good stuff.

  8. That is so sweet that you cook for him even when you're not eating together- I love it!

  9. Can't wait to read about the yogurt! I'm a Greek fanatic, so it will be good to learn about the others too!

  10. Man vs. Food is always on in our house. My husband loves loves that show.

    Have a great time with your family and enjoy shopping!

  11. Thank you for the info about AGEs! This was definitely new to me, and I will be sure to follow your tips in the future - and to try your delicious chicken marinade, as well! :-) You are so sweet to pack a dinner for Nick's Poker nights - he's a lucky guy! :-)

    Looking forward to hearing about the burger! :-)

  12. Thanks for that info... I didn't know that about meat but most of the time I do add soemthing acidic to my marinades.

    What a lucky guy getting a special and tasty meal to take!

  13. I haven't read that article but need to check it out.
    Thanks for the summary.
    Looking forward to your video blog.