Everyone loves getting together with family and friends for a picnic or that special backyard BBQ. But what you might not realize is that barbecuing brings more than fun memories…it can be risky…and here’s why:
When foods are grilled on a BBQ they are often subjected to a few dangerous assaults such as being heated at very high temperatures, touching the grill residue from previously used grates, flammable fluids to start briquettes, and rising smoke. All of these things bring health risks.
Meats that are heated at high temperatures experience hazardous changes in structure. The amino acids (Protein molecules) in the meat react with creatine to form heterocyclic amines also known as HCAs, which are thought to cause cancer. Grilling also exposes meat to cancer-causing smoke that rises from dripping fats and juices. These fumes are filled with toxins. The longer the cooking time the more heterocyclic amines are formed. Research is proving that those consuming larger amounts of red meats and those heated on grills at high temperatures that give that “charcoal” affect have higher incidence of stomach and colon cancers.
Limiting red meat consumption is smart. So cut back on foods like steaks, lamb chops, hot dogs, hamburgers, and skewered meats. Try to limit yourself overall to no more than three – six ounce servings per week.
What else can you do to eliminate some of the risks involved in enjoying an upcoming BBQ?
When eating a wide variety of foods and consuming all sorts of beverages as we may do at parties, it is important to remember that your digestive system will be more stressed. Try to remember that every food one consumes requires enzymes to facilitate digestion.
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