February 01, 1999
Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts February 1999 Current Issue
February 1999
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Sweet Burgers. Looking for a healthier way to eat ground beef? Throw some cherries into the recipe. Researchers at Michigan State University in East Lansing say tart cherries retard the spoilage of ground beef and reduce the formation of potentially carcinogenic compounds during cooking.

The study compared regular burgers with those consisting of 11.5 percent diced, tart cherries. The cherry mixture was slower to spoil in the refrigerator and also had about 70 percent lower levels of suspected carcinogens that form when meat is cooked. Credit goes to the antioxidant effects of compounds in cherries, researchers believe.

But will kids eat them? According to the university, cherry burgers are now on school lunch menus in 16 states: Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia.

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