Thursday, July 23, 2009

Dangers of Eating Grilled Foods? 7 Ways to avoid Cancer

Grilled food is one of the great pleasures of summer, but unfortunately, the link between grilled meat and cancer just won't go away. If this is of concern to you, there are a few things you can do to minimize your risk.

1. If you love the flavor of grilled food, cut down on the amount of meat you eat by throwing more fruits and vegetables like peaches, nectarines, zucchini, tomatoes, corn, and bell peppers on the grill. In fact, almost any summer fruit or veggie is delicious grilled.

2. Shorten grill time by using a thermometer (always a good idea) to make sure you're not overcooking; heat things on the stove first to give it a head start. Or make kebabs or skewers which require less cooking.

3. Flip food frequently.

4. To avoid smoky flare-ups, which contain cancer-causing substances that coat the food, line your grill with foil poked with holes to allow the fat to drip down. And keep a spray bottle full of water handy to put out flare ups as they occur.

5. If you eat meat, trim fat from meats before cooking (this will help reduce flare ups, too)

6. Marinating food first has been shown to reduce the formation of cancer-causing substances.

7. Use the lowest temperature to cook your food thoroughly. Keep your grill rack as high as possible to keep the food far from the heat.

Avoid processed foods such as hot dogs and sausages because grilled or not, they've been shown to increase cancer risk. Peace.

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