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9 Tips for a Healthy BBQ

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9 Tips for a Healthy BBQ

Summer is here at last!† And what summer would be complete without a delicious meal on the BBQ?† Yet, youíve probably been hearing about the link between grilled food and cancer.† Here are 9 ways to minimize your risk and make your next summer BBQ healthier:

1.† Keep a watchful eye to prevent BBQ flare-ups and the resulting charring of your food.

2.† Use lower to medium cooking temperatures.† When foods like meat are heated over high temperatures or come in contact with flames, certain compounds can form.† These compounds are called:† Heterocyclic Amines (HCA) and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH).† Both compounds are known carcinogens.† But, you donít need to remember their names to lessen your risk of exposure to them.

3. Marinate meat in olive oil and fresh lemon juice-based marinades. Research shows that these two items can reduce the formation of the cancer-causing compounds by up to 99 percent while cooking.† Not to mention that they tenderize the meat, add great flavor, and help keep it moist during cooking.

4. Choose foods that are low in fat like vegetables, lean cuts of meat, poultry or fish.† Heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are primarily formed when fats are heated to high temperatures or fall into the flames and create smoke.† By choosing lean cuts of meat and vegetables which are naturally low in fat, you reduce the chance of these compounds forming at all.

5. Trim excess fat from meat prior to cooking it (for the same reason as number 3).

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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7:04AM PST on Dec 28, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

7:01PM PDT on Jun 20, 2012


9:05AM PST on Nov 6, 2011


12:35AM PDT on Sep 22, 2011


4:19PM PDT on Sep 4, 2011

And use common sense on where you grill and how you clean out your grill. As a RVer, I've seen folks actually grill under their RV awning (not always the smartest place) and dump their hot coals carelessly on the ground.

11:25AM PDT on Sep 4, 2011

You have confused barbeque with grilling. Please do some research, they are VERY different.

2:44PM PDT on Jun 22, 2011

Thank you. I was not aware that it is the fats that convert into carcinogens.

11:15AM PDT on Jun 22, 2011

Yummy. love bbq

11:43AM PDT on Jun 20, 2011

Thanks Michelle!

4:01AM PDT on Sep 7, 2010

good article

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