8 Tips for a Healthier Barbecue – Cancerwise

Sound advice for the barbecue season:

  1. Don’t char or burn meat, poultry or fish. The char or burn is filled with chemicals that can up your cancer risk.
  2. Skip processed meats like bacon, hot dogs and sausage. Eating these meats may raise your colorectal cancer risk.
  3. Grill skinless chicken breasts and fish instead of red meat. Research also links red meat to increased colorectal cancer risk.
  4. Consider grilling salmon to fill up on disease-fighting vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids.
  5. Marinate meat for at least 30 minutes. This prevents cancer-causing chemicals from forming when you grill.
  6. Don’t make your barbecue a meat-only affair. Grill fruits and veggies to load up on cancer-fighting vitamins and nutrients.
  7. When grilling fruit or veggies (including corn), don’t peel them! The peels provide disease-fighting nutrients and a smokier flavor.
  8. Want a healthy but sweet dessert alternative for your barbecue? Sprinkle cinnamon or honey over fruit, then grill it.

8 tips for a healthier barbecue – Cancerwise | Cancer blog from MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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