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BBQ without having to worry about cancer-causing chemicals

Normally I don’t visit Yahoo because of my personal reference, but yesterday I went there and came across this guide to healthy grill — how you can be careful, make wise choices, and enjoy your summer barbeques without having to worry about cancer-causing chemicals in your food. I think you probably want to take note, if you plan to barbecue today as many Americans do on the 4th of July and care about the negative health effects of barbecute. :D
Source: Yahoo Health News.

Cancer-causing Chemicals:
High-heat grilling can convert proteins in red meat, pork, poultry and fish into heterocyclic amines (HCAs), which have been linked to a number of cancers. Another potential cancer-causing chemical called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) is found in the smoke created when fat and juices drip on hot coals or rocks in a barbeque. The smoke can deposit the PAHs on the surface of the meat.

Safe Grilling Tips:

  • Select lean cuts of meat. Trim all excess fat and remove skin.
  • When using marinades, choose thinner ones. Thicker marinades tend to char, possibly increasing exposure to carcinogenic compounds. Use marinades that contain vinegar and/or lemon.
  • Partially cook meat in the microwave before you put in on the grill. This will reduce the time needed to cook the meat on the grill. Making sure meat is thawed will also reduce cooking time on the grill.
  • Discard juices before you grill. This will reduce flare ups.
  • Flip burgers often – once every minute.
  • Place food six inches from heat source.
  • Create a barrier — such as a sheet of aluminum foil with holes poked in it — to prevent meat juices from spilling onto hot coals and producing harmful smoke.
  • Smaller cuts of meat, such as kabobs, take less time to cook.
  • Grill vegetables. They don’t contain the protein that forms HCAs.

Visit FAD’s website for other useful outdoor eating food safety tips:


10 responses to “BBQ without having to worry about cancer-causing chemicals

  1. KKai July 13, 2006 at 07:25

    I can’t help it … XD
    But hey, those tips may save your life … lol

  2. KKai July 13, 2006 at 07:24

    Btw, 允涵:
    Of course, I still remember you. :)

  3. KKai July 13, 2006 at 07:15

    Don’t be too hard on yourself.
    S + V (主詞加上動詞)
    其他就可以自己加呀, 猜呀的,
    很簡單的, 你也可以學得好的 :D

  4. KKai July 13, 2006 at 07:10

    There is a reason that people think I look like a high school or university student … :D

  5. KKai July 13, 2006 at 07:09

    Sorry …
    Unlike you, I wrote many thing that is rather impersonal.
    Just facts and knowledge.
    I think they are addictive to me. :P
    (even though I only share 1% of what I have read.)

  6. 紫色小茉莉 July 9, 2006 at 02:00


  7. E July 8, 2006 at 19:27

    You make me smile :) Always so informative.Stoping by to leave you this…

    (¯`♥ ´¯)
      *. ¸.*… Stay sweet & caring,♥ Kitty

  8. 渝兒 July 8, 2006 at 07:29


  9. Z July 6, 2006 at 20:20

    hihihi…thanx for the tips….heard them on radio too..never thought you were such a eat-healthy guy….have a nice summer big boy :)

  10. Q July 6, 2006 at 12:55

    Thanks for sharing this information~^^
    I’ve learned a lot from this article~

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