Grilling Cookout Safety Tips

grilling safetyPreparing for your backyard barbeque means inspecting your grilling utensils, making sure the grill is clean and working properly, and gathering all of the family favorite foods. With Memorial Day, The Fourth of July, and Labor Day approaching, it would be wise to establish grilling cookout safety tips. Until recently, grilled foods have always been considered  a healthy alternative when compared to foods cooked on traditional stoves. However, recent studies have linked certain cancer producing chemicals to grilled foods which has caused some concern amongst people prefer eating grilled foods.

Eating Grilled Foods Has Its Benefits

It you are wondering if its okay to eat grill foods, you should speak with someone more knowledgeable of the associated risk. But, if you question the benefits of eating grilled foods, you should know that the same benefits which existed yesterday, still exist today. By grilling foods, we eliminate the need to use fattening oils and seasonings, we consume less calories, add flavor to even the most tasteless foods, and  eliminate excessive fats from entering into our bodies.  Basically, grilling encourages us to eat better by adding natural flavor to our foods.

Reported Risk and Safe Grilling Tips

Studies from the National Cancer Institution suggest that grilling foods may bring on the onset of cancer. Chemicals called Heterocyclic Aimes and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons are produce when certain meats such as fish, pork, beef, and chicken are grilled over an open flame, at high temperatures. However, there is no need to stop the backyard barbeques. Fortunately, there are safe ways to grill without putting you, your family and your friends at risk.

Grilling cookout safety tips

Do not over cook foods

Use olive oil based marinades as a flavor replacement rather than going for char-broiled

Become accustomed to eating your meats medium well in oppose to well done

Avoid grilling foods by way of direct heats

Incorporate foods that fight off cancer, such as berries and green vegetables. These foods are packed with antioxidants

Cut meat servings in half and incorporate more fruits and vegetables.

Do Your Research

Too much of anything is bad for you. This research is being publicized for awareness as it should be. Studies do not indicate that grilled foods are bad for you, but it does state that when meats are cooked at a rapid pace, at high temperatures, this action can increase a person’s risk of developing certain cancers. The same applies to meals prepared on the stove or by way of other cooking methods. I have been eating grilled foods all of my life and so have my family members and I am not about to stop. These claims should not stop you from enjoying your backyard cookouts but should encourage you to grill safely. There is a simple solution. If you burn or over cook something, throw it away. I mean really, who wants to eat burnt food anyway.

So, does this mean that everyone should stop eating grilled foods? Of course not. So many other things are more likely cause cancer such as the packs of cigarettes that people consume all day. Instead of panicking over the topic, cut down the grill temperature and try not to burn the food.


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