grilled chicken

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4. Don't Overcook
Of course, undercooked meat can cause food-borne illness—but overcooking has its own risks. One study found that people who consumed the most red meat that was cooked well to very well done were 60 percent more likely to develop pancreatic cancer compared with those who ate the least, possibly because the prolonged exposure to heat increases the production of carcinogens.