Who doesn’t love summertime barbeques and the delicious smokytaste of grilled hamburgers and hotdogs? Many people don’t know however, that grillingcan be hazardous to your health if not done properly. The National Cancer Institute found that for every 2.5ounces of grilled, well-done meat you consume weekly, your risk of colon cancergoes up 26%. Unfortunately whenmeats are exposed to high heat, chemical compounds are formed which mayincrease the risk of cancer. It canalso cause internal inflammation leading to type-2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s. As with everything, there is a saferway.
Always cook over a low-to-medium flame and avoidover-charring. Flare-ups andsmoking oil create carcinogens. Marinateor baste with oil, honey or a barbeque sauce to provide a barrier and helpprevent charring. Honey adds greattaste and a wonderful glaze. Studies published in the Journalof Food Sciences and Nutrition found that rosemary extract or tart cherries,known for their anti-cancer properties, added to hamburger meat reduce thechemical compounds. Theresearchers are not sure why, but it’s certainly worth trying. Other common marinade ingredients,which are natural antioxidants and reduce cancer-causing compounds, are basil,mint, sage, oregano, garlic, thyme, ginger and sesame seeds. Try grilling vegetables, which don’thave the carcinogen forming compounds found in animal based foods. Instead they are loaded withantioxidants. Add delicious andnutritious vine ripened tomatoes and watermelon to your meal – they contain lycopene,another powerful antioxidant, which may also help ward off sunburn! Relax and enjoy safer summer barbeques!
I am going to Italy today with my family to visit mydaughter who has been studying there. Some of the time we’ll be on an organic olive oil farm and winery! I’ll be back mid-June with more greentip Italian style! Ciao!!
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