Archive for August, 2018


Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

Summer is the time for grilling that we all enjoy.  When meat is charred, substances are formed that can damage DNA and may raise cancer risk.  The following are four tips by UCLA’s Catherine Carpenter, Ph.D. for healthy grilling:

  1. Pair with Produce:  Antioxidants in fruit and vegetables protect cells from carcinogens,  Carpenter says.  “Eat a variety of produce, especially when you are having grilled meat.”
  2. Marinate:  Research shows this lowers the levels of unwanted substances.  Include herbs like rosemary, Carpenter says.  Their antioxidants help offset the effects of grilling. 
  3. Brush  the Grill:  Clean it every time you use it to reduce your exposure to chemicals from previous meals.
  4. Turn before it Burns:  The unwanted substances are found in the char and smoke.  “Turning meat often and cooking on indirect heat can prevent burning,” Carpenter says.  Fire up one side of the grill, then cook on the other.

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Source:  Consumer Reports on Health, August 2018