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Make Grilling a Healthier Experience

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Unquestionably, there is something very relaxing and pleasurable about cooking and eating grilled food. There are countless ways to turn grilling into a flavorful and enjoyable way to cook. There are also many healthy —examining healthy first means that you have decided to eat healthily.

Good eating begins with choosing healthy foods that are low in fat and using marinates to reduce unhealthy caseinogens. Cooking on a grill is a great way to reduce fats while adding excellent flavor; however, we should be careful when grilling as there can be certain risks if precautions are not taken.

You should be aware that charcoal grilling can produce carcinogenic smoke from the high-temperature cooking of foods containing fat and protein. It can cause unhealthy chemical changes in the outer layers of fleshy foods. To avoid these dangerous chemical formations, we should avoid inhaling the smoke and prevent the black char on the outside of charcoal-cooked food caused by high heat or overcooking.

Using lighter fluid or self-lighting packages should be avoided as they can also add toxins and chemicals directly into your meal. Instead, use newspaper to light your charcoal. This method may take a few more minutes, but it’s still healthier in the long run. The use of marinades can also help significantly decrease carcinogens in our food. A simple marinade consisting of olive oil and citrus juice can reduce the harmful chemicals. A marinade will also tenderize and enhance your food’s natural flavors.

There has been much discussion about grilling and cancer risk. While the threat is accurate and should be kept in mind, some simple things can be done to significantly reduce the risk of cancer caused by grilling. The harmful chemicals are created by putting food, primarily meats, under intense heat and flame. These are cancer-forming agents; however, you can significantly reduce and even eliminate the risks by taking a few simple precautions.

Grilling isn’t the only cooking method that can cause harmful chemical reactions in our food. There is no reason to give up your grill. When done right, grilling is one of the healthiest methods of cooking.

 

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