Welp, it looks like the bad news about eating meat continues. Not only are red and processed meats bad for your health, but the way you're cooking meat -- any meat -- could also increase your risk of cancer, according to new research. \n\nIn a study published Monday in the journal Cancer, researchers from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center claim that eating a lot of meat, especially when grilled or pan-fried, could increase your risk for renal cell carcinoma (RCC), the most common type of kidney cancer. The researchers point to "meat-cooking mutagens," or harmful carcinogenic compounds that are created when cooking meat over an open flame or at high temperatures, that you end up ingesting when you dive mouth-first into a steak, for example. Eating both red and white meats could increase your risk.\n\n\u201cWe found elevated RCC risk associated with both meat intake and meat-cooking mutagens, suggesting independent effect of meat-cooking mutagens on RCC risk,\u201d said Dr. Xifeng Wu, a professor of Epidemiology and senior author of the study, in a press release. "Our findings support reducing consumption of meat, especially meat cooked at high temperatures or over an open flame as a public health intervention to reduce RCC risk and burden."\n\nWu's team analyzed the diets of 659 men and women recently diagnosed with RCC as well as the diets of 699 healthy people, and found that the cancer patients at more red and white meat than the healthy people, according to the press release.\n\nDespite the findings, the study does not recommend cutting out meat from your diet as long as you're eating it in moderation with vegetables and fruit; however, the experts said more research is needed to determine how much meat intake is actually safe. Additionally, the researchers suggest that if you're grilling or pan-frying meat, you should avoid charring it as much as possible. But isn't that where all the good grilled flavor comes from? Way to ruin barbecues, science. \n\nSign up here for our daily Thrillist email, and get your fix of the best in food\/drink\/fun.\n\nTony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and, despite this information, would really love a steak right now. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.