Tailgating grill tips to help fight cancer, eat healthier
Preparing certain meats properly on the grill while tailgating can provide for a tasty meal, but the availability of more plant-based foods offers additional opportunities to cook healthy, unique dishes.
Although it is convenient, you must also remember that grilling has its risks. In addition to the well-known issue of food-borne illness from undercooked meats, increasing evidence suggests over-cooked foods can contain carcinogens - especially food items that are charred, burned or blackened.
As you are planning your football tailgate, here are some sensible tips for eating and cooking healthy.
But as much as you might like grilling meat, numerous studies show that increasing your intake of plant-based foods (fruits and vegetables) is a great way to improve health and maintain a healthy weight.
In fact, the American Cancer Society reports that excess body weight contributes to as many as one in five cancer-related deaths. So eating more plant-based foods can not only help you maintain a healthy weight, but can also reduce your risk of cancer.
Eating more plant-based foods doesn't have to be difficult - and you can prepare many of them on the grill too. Some good examples include:
When it comes to cooking, take advantage of all this season has to offer. With a little imagination, your tailgate can be healthy, balanced and delicious.
Crystal Langlois, RD, LD, is a registered dietitian and board-certified specialist in oncology nutrition with Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Newnan, Ga.