Healthy Grilling

Warm weather tends to inspire people to light up the grill. Go ahead and enjoy outdoor cooking this summer; just be mindful of how often you’re grilling animal protein. Research shows that beef, pork, fish, or poultry cooked at high temperatures (above 300 ºF, as in grilling or pan frying) or cooked for a long time may allow cancer-causing substances to form and adhere to the meat. Plus, consuming too much red meat increases your risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain cancers, and can shorten your lifespan.Protect your health by mixing in plenty of plant-based foods, such as grilled veggie burgers, Portobello mushrooms, and colorful pepper kabobs. Cooking lean meats, using low-fat marinades, and cutting down on grilling time by either pre-cooking or cooking small pieces can also help.