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Cooking steak on gas more harmful to health than electric

Published on 18/02/2010
Frying meat on a gas hob may cause more risk to health than using an electric cooker, new research suggests.

A report to be published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine indicates that exposure to the type of fumes produced by pan-frying beefsteak on gas could be harmful.

According to the findings, the highest levels of naphthalene – a banned chemical contained in mothballs – were produced when frying steak for 15 minutes with margarine on a gas hob.

The study warned that gas cooking seems to increase levels of carcinogenic particles or substances, saying that "exposure to cooking fumes should be reduced as much as possible".

Carcinogens are known to increase the risk of cancer by altering cellular metabolism or changing cell DNA. Common examples of inhaled carcinogens include asbestos and tobacco smoke.

Asbestos, which is linked to lung cancer, is no longer used but can be found in floor tiles, roofing and fire-resistant textiles.
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