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Holistic Nutrition for Summer Time Grilling

How can you mix holistic nutrition with all of the fatty, unhealthy options associated with summer grilling?   With such summer time favorites like hot dogs and hamburgers, is it possible to have a holistic diet that works?  Believe it or not but many of the lean meats we grill can be healthy for us.   The problem lies not with the cuts we grill but the grilling.   When we grill our food over an open flame this causes char to form on the meat.   This is what is bad about grilling.  An excellent article has more:

By Anita Capizzi RN, CHC

Holistic Nutrition for Summer Time Grilling

Even local farm raised chicken, beef and pork can contain dangerous chemicals compounds when grilled incorrectly. I am talking about HCA’s or heterocyclic amines which are chemical compounds found in grilled and especially burned meat that has been cooked for long periods of time. When fat drips in to the grill and causes flames to lick the meat, these compounds are formed. There are many types of HCA’s and several are known to cause cancer.

For the full article please go here.

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HCA's are produced by flame ups that occur when fat from the meat hits the hot coals.

How do we combat the format of HCA’s?  There are several methods discussed and they all involve the same strategy; stop the open flames from touching the meat.   If you can do that then you will have no problem fitting holistic nutrition into your summer time fun!   If you want to learn more about holistic health care, you should check out our website.




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