smoked meat harmfull to your health?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by baculinek, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. baculinek

    baculinek Newbie

    I would like to buy a smoker and do my omv smoking of pork, beef and chicken. However my wife declared that i will be eating the product alone, because she believes, that smoked meat is harmfull to human health. Is she correct, or is she mistaken?
     
  2. As far as I am aware there is no adverse effects of eating smoked meat. Smoking simply adds flavor and whatever rubs or marinades you use to create your flavor profile can be altered to be gluten free, low sodium what have you. There is nothing that causes health effects. It is simply meat cooked low and slow with some wood added.

    Besides, the only health effects that I get is the threat of bodily harm if I smoke something else for dinner and that's from the wife...[​IMG].

    Tell her not to worry and everything will be fine.
     
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  3. smoke happens

    smoke happens Smoking Fanatic

    I've been getting fat from eating all of the good stuff coming off the smoker, is that what she is talking about? [​IMG]
     
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  4. scootermagoo

    scootermagoo Smoking Fanatic

    In moderation, it should be just fine.  It's just like anything else, right?
     
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  5. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    here we go again. so whats the big deal?   eat it alone!
     
  6. fagesbp

    fagesbp Smoking Fanatic

    Can she explain exactly whats harmful in it and what effect it has? I'm interested. Not that I'd change anyway... Everything is harmful these days, just depends on who's telling it.
     
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  7. Does she eat grilled meat?  If so that is actually bad for you too because the char is known to be a carcinogen.  Does she drink coke? Well that's got carcinogens in it as well.  Smoked meat, when smoked correctly to keep creosote from filling your chamber, isn't going to be any worse for you than a grilled chicken breast or coke and may actually not be as bad as these common items.  Good luck with the discussion, not eating smoked meat would be a tough one to get past.
     
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  8. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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  9. sound1

    sound1 Smoking Fanatic

    Don't inhale.....
     
  10. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The thing you want when smoking meat is a thin, blueish gray smoke coming out of your stack (smoker on the right).  A billowing white cloud is not good (smoker on the left).


    (One of our members posted this picture up sometime ago and for the life of me I can't recall who it was)

    The billowing white smoke will leave creosote on your meat and will cause a burning and numbing sensation to the lips and tongue when ingested.  Creosote has been identified as a known carcinogen.

    She may also have curing confused with smoke cooking-curing uses nitrates and nitrites and IF NOT USED PROPERLY can make you very sick or even kill you.
     
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  11. scootermagoo

    scootermagoo Smoking Fanatic

    ....I hope she didn't hear that from Dr. Oz. 

    Consider this: there are literally 10s of thousands of people that die every year from drugs that doctors prescribe, a fact you will NEVER hear about.  I would venture to guess that the number of people dieing from consuming smoked meat is a bit less than that..............just guessin'.

    Go to McDonald's......... there's a healthy option.  Have you seen the size of some of these kids lately?  Fast food is killing our children, there is a McDonalds on every damn corner.  I'll eat smoked food any damn day!

    This thread is a can of worms!  RELEASE THE WORMS!!!!
     
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  12. snorkelinggirl

    snorkelinggirl Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I believe that DaveOmak gets the credit for this picture. If I'm wrong, I do apologize to the original poster.

    An awesome picture, Dave!

    Clarissa
     
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  13. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It didn't originate from me.... Maybe Todd Johnson started it years ago.... not sure...   Dave

    As far as smoked meats go....   I like the fact I can add and delete what I want from it....   Read the packaging on foods in the store.....  
     
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  14. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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    Your memory  has been destroyed from eating smoked meat..

    Mine too..

    What were we talking about??

      Craig
     
  15. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Everything is bad for you if you eat it 4X a day in huge amounts. But wait 6 months and they'll come out with a new study saying it's ok....butter actually is better for you. I think she's got grilled, charred, burnt bar-b-que cremated over cheaply made coals containing Yak dung from China confused with the 'art' of smoking. So, smoke yourself a small chuckie or a pork tenderloin and open a blue box of Kraft Mac & Cheese for her. Life is short....I refuse to let a mates preference interfere with what I feel like consuming. It's one thing being considerate like letting them choose a restaurant, it's another being given an edict.
     
  16. pgsmoker64

    pgsmoker64 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Oh boy...not this again.

    Read the link that Craig provided.  There are several articles linked in that post, none of which say that eating smoked meat is hazardous to your health.

    Too much of anything is not good....moderation is the key.

    Smoke 'em if you got 'em.

    Bill
     
  17. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    the pic of the smokers has been around as long as I-the OP is no longer an active member. I have a sister that thumbs her nose at smoked foods also-as I thumb mine at her Italian she always prepares.
     
  18. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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    Actually I read somewhere (cant remember) that Yak dung charcoal is good for your memory.....

       Really....

      Craig
     
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  19. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Who would that be Craig.  [​IMG]
     
  20. Everything we eat is potentially harmful to our health, there isn't a single food that doesn't have some sort of issue!!!!!!


    Carcinogenic aflatoxin in grains such as corn, sorghum, pearl millet, rice, and wheat
    Oilseeds such as peanuts, soybeans, sunflower seeds, and cottonseeds, etc.

    The toxin ergot in rye and other grains.

    Goitrogen toxins in soybeans (and soybean products such as tofu), pine nuts, peanuts, millet, strawberries, pears, peaches, spinach, bamboo shoots, radishes, horseradish, and vegetables in the genus Brassica (bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, canola, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, collard greens, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, rutabagas, and turnips.

    Carcinogenic hydrazines in shiitake and the white button mushrooms.

    Toxic lectins in many seeds, grains and legumes.

    Phytates in soybeans, whole wheat and rye.

    Toxic psoralens in celery, parsley and parsnips.

    Toxic solanines in tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant.

    Trypsin in soybeans.

    Phytoestrogens in legumes,

    Nitrates in green leafy vegetables.

    Carcinogenic nitrosamines in beer, non-fat dry milk and mushrooms.

    And on and on and on...........................................

    Feel better now??? :biggrin:

    ~Martin
     
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