Always be mindful about barbecues and particularly coming into the summer months, but how healthy is barbecued food?
Meats that are barbecued rather than grilled, can be carcinogenic. As a family we tend to work round barbecues by introducing more healthy ways of cooking such foods. I have avoided for many years now processed meats that can contribute to cancer, but anything you eat that is processed can contribute to these health problems too.
Which foods should you barbecue?
If barbecuing meat products, make sure you stick to skinless chicken and try to limit the usual meats for barbecue such as beef, pork and lamb. Perhaps grill fish instead.
As a rule of thought away from the barbecue, you should avoid all processed meats such as salami, hot dogs, pastrami, ham and bacon, as once these meats are preserved, they contain cancer-forming substances, which can be a contributing factor of colorectal cancer, as confirmed by the American Institute for Cancer Research.
Other helpful tips you may find useful:
- Use a marinade on meat products because this makes barbecued food less carcinogenic;
- It is always preferable to eat lean cuts of meat and take off any fat before barbecuing;
- Another good tip is to lower the temperature on the barbecue by spreading the coals thinly or put the grill rack on bricks;
- Lightly oil the barbecue so that the meat or chicken has less chance to stick to the grill;
- Instead of starting on the barbecue, grill meat on the cooker first; then finish on the barbecue. That way what you cook is less exposed to any harmful chemicals.
We tend to grill bananas under the grill and roast vegetables with a little bit of dill and thyme. Lastly always make sure you finish off any barbecue by cleaning the grill thoroughly.