It’s summer time which for many Americans means BBQ. Grilling food on a barbecue grill can be a healthy way to cook but, believe it or not, there are some grilling techniques that will help ensure your grilled meats are healthier, both in terms of carcinogens and calories.

Many Americans love that crispy char their chicken and beef get when grilled over a high heat BBQ. What most people don’t realize is that high heat cooking raises the meat’s carcinogen level. So much so that one study found that people who consume well-done meat—grilled, barbecued, pan fried, or broiled—on a regular basis were 60% more likely to get pancreatic cancer!

The attached article discusses some suggestions on how to reduce the carcinogenic effect of your summer barbecue. If your family is a frequent user of the outdoor grill, you should be particularly mindful of the cooking temperature. The carcinogenic impact of high heat cooking also applies to indoor cooking but it’s much easier to control the cooking temperature indoors than on a grill where flame ups and high heat are common.

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And while we’re on the topic of healthy barbecue, pay attention to the barbecue sauce you’re using. 𝙎𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙩 𝘽𝙖𝙗𝙮 𝙍𝙖𝙮’𝙨, currently one of the most popular and highly rated BBQ sauces on the market, has a whopping 16 grams of sugar in just a 2 Tbsp serving!

In comparison, highly rated 𝘼𝙣𝙣𝙞𝙚’𝙨 𝙊𝙧𝙞𝙜𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙡 and 𝙎𝙩𝙪𝙗𝙗’𝙨 𝙊𝙧𝙞𝙜𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙡 BBQ sauces contain only 4 grams of sugar per serving. I’ve personally tried Annie’s BBQ sauce and can tell you that it’s awesome for grilling! This is an easy swap to cut back on unnecessary sugar in your diet.

To learn more in depth on the topic of healthy barbecue, check out this health research study on healthy barbecues by clicking here.

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