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liking the taste of burned food

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 21, 2012 at 12:08 AM

i like the taste of food when it's burned, could that mean im defficient in a mineral/vitamin?

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on August 21, 2012
at 01:26 PM

Perhaps your body is craving charcoal... ;)

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on August 21, 2012
at 10:01 AM

We don't actually know that for sure. We've had over a million years with fire, and cooking with/over fire. We may well have developed defenses against exogenous AGEs, PAHs, and the rest. Sure, it's safer to avoid them and to marinade food before grilling, but it's likely we have some defenses against it. Grains on the other hand have been around 10ky or so.

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on August 21, 2012
at 12:30 AM

Agreed, I'm chowing on some accidentally burned sweet potato fries right now!

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A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

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on August 21, 2012
at 12:22 AM

A lot of people enjoy burned foods, it's been hypothesized it's an evolved preference due to some evolutionary advantage of cooked foods over uncooked foods. Whether this is due to decreased bacteria/parasites or increased digestibility I don't know, but both are reasonable explanations.

Burned foods are most surely less healthy than gently cooked foods, but I don't think enjoying one more than the other suggests anything aberrant about your body.

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on August 21, 2012
at 12:22 AM

I don't know the answer to your question, but like my meat rare and my veggies burnt!!!

A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

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on August 21, 2012
at 12:30 AM

Agreed, I'm chowing on some accidentally burned sweet potato fries right now!

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on August 21, 2012
at 07:40 PM

apparently burnt food is bad for you, it forms acrylamide or something

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on August 21, 2012
at 05:56 PM

I think there's definitely a distinction between "burned" and a little "charred"... Whenever I cook anything on the grill it's always a little charred on the outside, but still raw on the inside (especially meats). Seems to me like this is probably how most things were cooked over an open flame, and it tastes damn good so I'm really not too worried about a little char!

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on August 21, 2012
at 09:48 AM

Eating burned foods is a guaranteed way of getting cancer. Eat lightly cooked or steamed food or even raw to be safe.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19413)

on August 21, 2012
at 10:01 AM

We don't actually know that for sure. We've had over a million years with fire, and cooking with/over fire. We may well have developed defenses against exogenous AGEs, PAHs, and the rest. Sure, it's safer to avoid them and to marinade food before grilling, but it's likely we have some defenses against it. Grains on the other hand have been around 10ky or so.

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on August 21, 2012
at 12:44 AM

You shouldn't be eating burnt food, first of all, burned food has no nutrients and secondly there are studies that suggest it being carcinogenic. I think i understand were you're coming from, i love the smokiness and aroma of charred food, but there's a line to be drawn between burnt and thoroughly browned

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45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

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on August 21, 2012
at 12:29 AM

It's usually just a personal preference, sometimes connected to our youth. Are you really worried or just having fun?

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on August 21, 2012
at 12:49 PM

Not worried its just having fun If you havinng any Digest problem than go to RenewLife.

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