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We’ve been warned of the dangers of grilling: carcinogens from charred meat causes cancer, or too much red meat can lead to heart disease. While there’s certainly truth to what’s being said, it doesn’t mean you should stay away from your Barbecue all year long.

If you’re looking for a healthy way to cook your food consider grilling. Research has shown that grilling your meat results in less fat content and reduced risk for some diseases. 

Compared to frying and boiling your food, grilling has been proven to better retain your foods nutrients. This is because less cooking time is required.  

Studies have looked at the hazards of carcinogens and their relation to grilling. The good news is that there are many ways you can reduce the risk. For instance, marinate your meat, flip at the right time, always clean your grill, slice your meat into smaller portions and control your heat source (avoid flare-ups).  

Tips for Healthy Grilling 

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  1. Always Marinate: Studies have shown that you can prevent the formation of possible carcinogens while grilling by marinating or rubbing spices on your food. Bonus: Your food will taste better too. 
  2. Keep Your Grill Clean: Avoid a buildup of carcinogens by keeping your grill clean. You can do this by scrubbing your grill with a wire brush before and after grilling food. 
  3. Go Lean: Consider grilling foods lower in trans and saturated fats. The American Heart Association advises choosing lean or extra-lean ground beef, chicken or turkey. This in turn will reduce the amount of fat that drips on the coals. How to BBQ Healthy, Barbecue, Tips for Healthy Grilling,  heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, hca, Free Cooking and BBQ Magazine
  4. Microwave Before Grilling: Before grilling you should partially cook meat in the microwave, then get rid of the juices collected in the cooking dish, research explains. “Pre-cooking a hamburger for a few minutes in the microwave removes up to 95 percent of HCAs.”
  5. Grill Veggies: Vegetables are a healthy addition to any meal and they don’t contain carcinogens. Grilling them is the best way to retain nutrients, whereas boiling may lead to reduced vitamin and mineral content. Some vegetables that are great to grill include zucchini and bell peppers. 

By: Nicole Dossantos

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