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People Who Eat Steak Well-Done Don’t Just Have Bad Taste, They’re Also Going To Die

As a server I cringed every time a customer ordered a well-done steak. Why turn a beautiful piece of beef into a hunk of blackened leather like that? Now–AT LONG LAST–there’s some science to back me up.

According to a growing pool of research, eating too much well-done steak could be detrimental to your health.

See burning food (let’s be honest, “well-done” means “over cooked”) creates compounds known as glycotoxins.

According to research published by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the US, eating a diet that’s high in glycotoxins could be a cause of long-term mental ailments including Alzheimer’s.

In the first phase of the study, researchers found that mice raised on a diet high in glycotoxins (specifically a type called advanced glycation end products, or AGEs), “were more likely to develop dementia-like cognitive and movement problems as they aged than mice fed a low-glycotoxin diet,” reports ScienceAlert.

These glycotoxin-munching mice also displayed increased amounts of amyloid beta proteins in their brains. These are the sticky proteins that are often found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease.

When the study moved from mice to men, the results were worryingly similar.

After lab trials on mice, the research team monitored the amount of AGEs in the blood of 93 New Yorkers aged over 60 for a period of nine months. They found that participants who ate more glycotoxins (i.e burned food) had more AGEs in their blood over the course of the study and thus experienced more cognitive decline than their peers.

Although this was a small study, the researchers believe there’s enough evidence to suggest that eating rarer meat could offer a simple way to reduce the risk of dementia and metabolic syndromes as we age.


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