Some healthy and tasty grilling ideas from Tammy Lakatos Shames and Elysse (“Lyssie”) Lakatos, The Nutrition Twins®
As registered dietitians and summertime lovers, just the smell of the barbeque makes us happy. Not only do barbeques offer the chance to be with friends and relax, they provide opportunities to be healthier than many other social gatherings. That’s because they typically have fun outdoor games that include physical activity, and tossing food on the barbeque is an ideal way to create delicious meals and keep them lean without having to fry or add calorie-laden fat. However, there can be a downside—it’s possible to exposure you and your family to grilling carcinogens if you don’t know to watch out for it.
Heterocyclic amines, also known as HCAs, and other chemicals are created when meats are cooked at high temperatures and browned. Exposure to high levels of these chemicals has been shown to cause cancer in animals. Although it’s uncertain whether exposure causes cancer in humans, it’s best to avoid these chemicals, particularly HCAs. The good news is you can still enjoy your beloved summer barbecues and lower the risk of creating HCA’s by following these guidelines:
Here are some scrumptious recipes that help to eliminate carcinogens.
Seafood not only offers mood-boosting, heart-healthy omega-3 fats, it also has fewer HCAs as long as you don’t char it.
Vegetables create few, if any, HCAs, so consider choose a veggie burger or other vegetable-based main course. Plus, grilling veggies like Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli and other cruciferous veggies may help your liver to detoxify HCAs and other chemicals. Veggies are also packed with powerful phytonutrients that protect cells from damage such as those caused by carcinogens.
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