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hot sauces and burnt foods for teens
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das6332 posted:
My son is 15 years old. He eats hot sauce on everything and also wants his food burnt black. Is this unhealthy for him?
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EricE_MA responded:
There is nothing inherently dangerous about hot sauces. The main ingredients are vegetables, which is a good thing. Depending on the sauce though, this may add a significant amount of sodium which should be kept in check. The current recommended limit for the general public is 2300 mg sodium/day.

Burnt food does not create any immediate health risks. However, it does increase his exposure to heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons which *may* increase risk of some cancers. See: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/cooked-meats


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