Summer is all about longer days, outside weather, and celebrating all of the above! BBQ anyone? At Virginia Cancer Specialists, we want to support all our patients, and families, in cooking practices that are 1) enjoyable; and 2) coincide with recommendations to reduce cancer risk.
Grilling is a hot topic when it comes to cancer. And here’s the rub—Americans love to grill. According to Statista, the most common reason to grill is good weather. The most popular holiday to grill is 4th of July. The most common item to grill is meat—in fact, only about 1% of grill owners do not eat meat.
But, some grilling practices have been associated with risk of cancer. One reason is that this form of cooking can generate carcinogens such as PAHs (or polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) from the fire and HCAs (or heterocyclic amines) as a result of high heat and these are associated with grilling meat. Strategies to decrease risk include cutting down on exposure of meat to carcinogens on the grill and reducing the amount of grilled meat eaten. Here are our top tips for safer summer grilling:
And then, one final thing—enjoy!