Popular Nigerian medical doctor and social median influencer, Dr Chinonso Egemba, a.k.a. Aproko Doctor, has warned that smoke cow meat popularly known as suya, can cause cancer.,
The Nigerian physician Chinonso who is also an advocate of drinking water always and staying properly hydrated, explained the process and instruments used in making the night-time snack are usually unhygienic and bad for health when the meat is roasted.
In his tweet, though might be old, but still remained valid. Aproko Doctor also gave advice on alternate ways one can safely consume grilled meat and still get the same satisfaction, his tweet reads;
“I know you think I’m here to remove the last piece of joy in your life but there is no easy way to do this. Suya can give you cancer.
“When you burn meat over open flames, it creates chemicals known as polycyclic, aromatic, hydrocarbons or heterocyclic imines. These particular compounds may get activated by certain enzymes in your body that ends up damaging your DNA. Damage to this DNA- cancer.
On safer ways to eat meat, he said: “Ensure that your meat is not cooked over open flames. You can air fry your met, or grill it in the oven when it is not over open flames.
“Remove the burnt side of the meat because they are exposed. They contain higher concentration of these compounds. Eat smaller portions of grilled meat.”
HOW SUYA MAY GIVE YOU BREAST OR COLON CANCER!
When you cook meat, poultry over fire or very high temperatures, the protein react with the heat to form what we call Heterocyclic amines or HCAs
— Dr. Chinonso Egemba (@aproko_doctor) March 25, 2019