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When we think of the joys of summer, cookouts, picnics and food cooked on the grill are quintessential summer foods. People enjoy having friends and family together and having barbecue meals. In fact, the average family grills 1-2 times per week during the summer. While food cooked on the grill can be delicious, it can also pose some health risks. In fact, quite a bit has been written about the grill being linked to cancer.
Do we have to give up grilling altogether or is there a safer way to enjoy cooking foods on the grill?
What is the problem with grilling?
The two big issues with grilling are:
Grilling with a high temperature can create something called HCA’s or heterocyclicamines. These are harmful chemicals that are created when proteins from meat and fish are grilled at a high heat. HCA’s have been associated with a number of different cancers.
The other concern with the grill is the fat and juices that fall onto the coals. This creates flames & smoke that can rise up and stick to the meat. This can create something called PAHs or polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, another potentially harmful carcinogen.
Are there safer ways to grill?
Yes, in fact there are ways to make your grilling more safe.
For people dealing with cancer or who want to eat a more anti-cancer diet, here are some suggestions:
It is possible to enjoy grilled food in the summer time if you are thoughtful enough to take some extra precautions.
Enjoy Your Summer Barbecue!
| Mind-Body | Uterine Cancer | Clinical Social Worker | Clear Cell Carcinoma | Integrative Oncology Navigator| Personal Trainer| Body Image | Lynch Syndrome | Certified Health Coach
Cathy Nobil-Dutton was diagnosed in 2013 with uterine cancer. She also discovered that she carried the genetic variant for Lynch Syndrome and the Lynch Syndrome gene which increases the risk of a number of cancers.
She is a licensed clinical social worker and has been helping individuals, couples and families make healthier choices since 1983. Ms. Nobil-Dutton is certified by the American Council on Exercise as a Personal Trainer and a Lifestyle and Weight Management Counselor and is a member of the International Association of Fitness Professionals. She is also trained and certified as an Integrative Oncology Navigator.
Cathy is also the founder of Body Esteem which brings integrative care for body and mind where her mission is to help people deal with the challenge of body changes that occur as a result of cancer and to raise awareness about Lynch Syndrome.
Cathy can be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org or through website BodyEsteem.
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