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9 Tips for a Healthy BBQ

6. Choose specific herbs for your marinades. These herbs include:† basil, mint, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and sage.† Scientists at the Food Safety Consortium project at Kansas State University have discovered that these herbs drastically reduce the formation of heterocyclic amines.† Simply use one or more of these herbs, preferably fresh, in a marinade prior to and during cooking.† Plus, they add tremendous flavor.

7. Avoid overcooking vegetables. The longer they cook the more certain vitamins like vitamin C and B-complex vitamins break down.† So donít overcook them.

8.† Add more vegetables to the grill. One of the easiest ways to make your BBQ healthier is to add more veggies.† Making kebabs is a great way to do this.† By alternating lean meat and vegetables, the veggies will keep the meat moist and add fiber, flavor, and nutrients.

9.† Clean your grill prior to every use. Not only is it more appetizing to eat food thatís been cooked on a clean grill, but youíll be lessening the amount of char that youíll be eating.† The charred parts of food can cause free radical formation in your body and since free radicals are linked with premature aging, disease, and tissue damage, itís best to reduce your exposure as much as possible.

If youíre trying to eat healthy, you really can have your grilled food and enjoy it too.

Related: 5 Marinades for Grilled Vegetables,

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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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