Summer Health Tip Four: BBQ with Care.
It's Summer and that means barbeque season. While BBQ-ing can be tasty and a fun activity, there are couple of health concerns that as a future doctor I feel obligated to mention.
First, ditch the fake meats. Processed meats like hot dogs, sausages, and pre-made burger patties are full of so much junk. Hot dogs are without a doubt one of unhealthiest foods on the planet and their ingredient list is really, really scary. If you want to BBQ some meat, it is best to grill some whole pieces of meat, like chicken breasts.
Second, turn it down. A lot of people think a BBQ isn't working properly if there aren't flames flying everywhere. The flames really aren't necessary; they are dangerous and can over-cook your food in a flash.
Three, no burn-marks. Speaking of over-cooking your food, it is important to not burn your food on the BBQ. This is easier said than done; it seems http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.giflike everyone associates grill marks on food or charred food with traditional BBQ deliciousness. The truth is, the charred/burnt/black aspects of food contain potentially carcinogenic (i.e. cancer causing) compounds. It is very bad for the body, yet society has unfortunately embraced little bits of charring on BBQ food as a sign that the food is "grilled to perfection". Well, I'm starting a movement, a movement to no longer accept burnt food as a delicacy!
Fourth, go beyond meat. BBQs can be used for more than just cooking meat. Try roasting some veggies (zucchini, eggplant, and hunks of onion are good options), corn-on-the-cob, pineapple and peaches, tofu, even bread and pizza!
Five, make sure to clean. Just like the charred meat discussed above, grills themselves can be harmful. Grills with built-up char can contaminate all food that comes into contact with carcinogenic compounds, no matter how little the food is cooked. Follow the cleaning tips provided with your BBQ or follow a guide like this one.
Have a safe and healthy BBQ season!