Thursday, May 29, 2014

3 Weird Memorial Day BBQ Tip

By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES

It's summer time and you know what that means: Barbecues!

There is just something special about hearing the sizzle of the meat…

The taste of roasted veggies…

And, of course, the time spent with family and friends.

But what you may not know is that meat that you are about to serve to your guests may be filled with cancer-causing chemicals….

Grilling Meat and Health
Typically, you think of grilling as a great way to cut down on the fat, and make your meal healthier.

But a recent study shows, when the juices or fat from the meat drips down and hits the hot coals, it produces a chemical – called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH).

PAH has been shown to cause cancer and other negative health impacts.

By grilling your meat and letting the juices run free, you run the risk of destroying not only your health - but everyone’s you’re grilling for.

So what can you do?

Here are THREE ways to cut down on dangerous PAH exposure…

1. Wrap It Up
If you want to cut down on PAH exposure, then you should wrap your meat in tinfoil before placing it on the grill.

This will prevent the juices and fat from falling onto the hot coals, and exposing you to this dangerous carcinogen.

Plus, it will create soft and tender meat that EVERYONE will enjoy!

2. Cook MORE Fish
Fish is a perfect food that should be INCREASED in everyone’s diet and cooks much faster than red meat does.

This decreases the amount of PAH that is produced, therefore reducing your overall exposure.

Besides that, fish such as salmon, mackerel, and other fatty fish, contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids – like the kind in EFA Icon Krill oil – that may give you a double shot of health benefits.

3. Cook On the OPPOSITE End
If you really want to reduce PAH exposure, then you should cook with gas.  However, if you MUST cook with charcoal, here is a bit of advice: move all the charcoal to one end and cook your food on the opposite end.

This will allow the juices to fall harmlessly below without hitting the hot coals, therefore cutting down on your exposure to PAH.

Three Ways to Create a Healthy BBQ
Summer time is the perfect time to get outside and BBQ with friends and family.

So be sure to include these THREE tips and significantly reduce your exposure to PAH.

This will keep you and your guests healthier and coming back for more!

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