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).