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Guy's Guide to Grilling

Tips, tricks, and recipes for delicious, heart-healthy meals.

The Thrill of the Healthy Grill

Looking for ways to make your grilling healthier? Follow these tips: 

  • Take cover. Marinades are for more than just flavor. Studies show that marinades may help protect against the buildup of heterocyclic amines (HCAs), potential carcinogens formed when grilling meat, fish, and poultry.
  • Lean on me. The less fat you start with, the fewer HCA-inducing flare-ups you'll have when you grill. Pick lean cuts and trim away excess fat before you start cooking. 
  • Divide and conquer. To further reduce the amount of HCAs that make it to your plate, avoid cooking directly over the coals when possible, Grotto says. To do this, wait until the coals are fully heated, then carefully divide them into two piles, and cook food in between them. 
  • Eat your veggies. Not only are they good for you and taste great fresh off the grill, but vegetables -- and fruits -- don't produce harmful HCAs.


Reviewed on December 02, 2012

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