3 Grilling Tips to Avoid Cancer

3 Grilling Tips to Avoid Cancer

Even if you’re a self-proclaimed grill master, you might not know that while your sizzling steaks might induce a smile or two, they could also induce the most menacing of all maladies: Cancer.

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No one is saying you’ve got to turn in your beloved outdoor grill and put an end to all of your meat-heavy picnics this summer. Nor are we saying you need to spend the warm season with your friends indoors drinking kombucha juice and eating quinoa salad. You would be surprised to learn that it’s not the protein packed meat that’s the problem, it’s the grilling. Grilling meat brings can increase your risk of cancer.

But how?

The Lowdown on High Temperatures

When you grill meat and poultry at high temperatures, cancer-causing compounds called heterocyclic amines (HCAs) are produced.  Even that delicious sight of fat dripping onto hot coals is a cancer-causing devil in disguise. The burning fat produces a compound called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).  But don’t fret; there are ways to prevent some of these cancer-causing agents from spoiling your summertime fun.

Extra Mayo, Hold the Cancer: Three Tips for Safe Grilling:

Get Lean. The leaner the meat or poultry the better. Spend just a bit more on a leaner cut of meat at the grocery store to ensure both a healthy heart and lower risk of HCA and PAH. Leaner meats help reduce the amount of fat which drips to the coals or grill below.

Use the microwave. Not in lieu of grilling (that wouldn’t make your guest happy), but just for a few minutes to reduce the amount of time on the grill. Chop the meat into smaller pieces and nuke it for approximately three to five minutes before grill time. Doing this can lead to a 90 percent reduction in HCAs.

Marinate. Soaking the meat or chicken for a few minutes dramatically reduces HCAs. When you marinate, it forms a natural barrier against the heat. But you can’t just marinate with anything. Make sure to use an acid based marinade like orange or lemon juice, or vinegar. And yes, you can throw in garlic or rosemary as well. You don’t have to eat a lemon burger to stop the HCAs in their tracks.

Bonus: Rosemary contains antioxidants like rosmarinic acid, carnosol, and carnosic acid, when added to meat can help reduce HCAs.
Most importantly, be safe and have fun grilling this summer.

May 23rd, 2017|Tags: |0 Comments

Peanut Butter Sandwiches for Health? Why they’re not just for kids.

Delicious & Healthy  PB&J!

 

We all ate them as kids. If you have kids, they’re probably a go-to lunch or snack in your arsenal of kid-approved favorites. Simple and comforting – peanut butter sandwiches. Do you remember the taste? Mmmm, yum! I don’t know about you, but I probably ate hundreds of them. Almost everyday in my brown paper lunch bag in elementary school.

I revisited this beloved kid favorite when I started my first job out of college. Peanut butter sandwiches came with me to the office most days. Sure, they weren’t the most sophisticated option compared to going out for fancy sushi lunches everyday, but hey, they were tasty, so easy to make, and were economical – all factors that were important to a recent college grad. Little did I know, peanut butter sandwiches have a trail of benefits for health.

August 8th, 2014|Tags: |0 Comments

Top 7 Reasons You Should Go NUTS for NUTS

Healthy Reasons to eat nuts

A Handful of heart-friendly nuts

Nuts are a tasty treat, but they are so much more than just that. Most of us have heard that nuts are good for our health, right? But do you really know why? Just a handful of nuts contains essential vitamins, nutrients and the heart-friendly fats we’ve all been hearing about. Here are just 7 reasons why nuts are more then just a fun-to-eat snack:

1. Protein Packed

Protein is known as the building block of our bodies, including muscle tissue. Nuts pack a powerful punch of protein, which helps keep us fuller longer and suppresses our appetite. They also give us a great boost of energy to keep us going – bonus! Almonds (13% protein) and cashews (11.5% protein) are great choices of high-protein nuts that are also fairly low in calories.

 2. Fiber Fiber Fiber

Fiber is an important part of our daily diets. Fiber makes us feel fuller longer and also helps to, eh hem, clean out our systems. A lack of fiber can lead to all sorts of health problems, even cancer. Pecans, walnuts and almonds have more fiber than some of the other nut varieties.

July 25th, 2014|Tags: |0 Comments