MEDIUM-RARE THE HEALTHY CHOICE
A charred exterior and inner coolness are considered desirable in a steak. Many view anything above medium-rare an affront to good taste. A new study suggests sticking to medium-rare is also better for heart health. Grilling and other hightemperature cooking methods — barbecuing, broiling or roasting — may elevate the risk of high blood pressure, according to preliminary research presented at an American Heart Association meeting. “Our findings imply that avoiding the use of open-flame and/or high-temperature cooking methods may help reduce hypertension risk among individuals who consume red meat, chicken or fish regularly,” Gang Liu, the study’s lead author told Today. Avoiding well-done or charred meat, poultry or fish might help reduce risk. What’s causing this is unclear, but charring appears to be the principle issue.