A lot of us love to eat grilled food. But did you know that there are several ways that you can turn your grilling not only into an appetizing and enjoyable way to cook, but also into a healthy way to eat.? To make sure you are eating healthy start by choosing foods that are low in fat, high in nutrients and full of flavor. This will allow you to get great meals that are also healthy.
You can also use marinades to add extra flavor and to lessen the formation of cancer causing substances on foods. A marinade with olive oil or citrus juices can reduce the formation of chemicals by as much as 99%. In addition, it can tenderize your meat and make a more sumptuous meal.
For your information, there are two substances that are formed when you grill meats in extreme heat and flame.
They are: Heterocyclic Amines (HCA) and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH). Both are known cancer causing agents. Always keep in mind that you should prevent the formation of these chemicals as much as you can.
To avoid this and reduce HCA formation use marinades with Basil, Mint, Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, and Sage. These are herbal antioxidants that can dramatically decrease the formation of free radicals when meat is placed on the grill.
Now, you may wonder how are HCAs and PAHs are formed. Basically, they are formed mostly from fats either by fat being heated to intense temperatures or by the smoke that is created by fat burning. However there are simple things you can do to stop this, like keeping your grill clean, trimming excess fats from food, using olive oil or citrus-based marinades, avoiding flare-ups and overcooking foods and by using the herbs mentioned above.
Just by merely following these steps not only will you reduce the risk of these cancer agents, but you will trim down the fat in meats that you grill.