Dangers Of Barbecue Grilling – Make This 4th Of July Barbecue Healthier


Barbequed meats play a role in causing cancer because of the chemicals associated with cooking certain meats at high temperatures.

Exposure to carcinogens

Heterocyclic amines are chemicals and cancer causing agents that are created during the grilling of meats. There are several cancer causing that are created during the grilling of meats. During the process of grilling, frying, and barbecuing certain “muscle meats”, there are several chemicals that are created.

These muscle meats include poultry, beef, pork, and fish. As the building blocks of protein, amino acids are exposed to the grilling process of barbequing. Chemicals are formed during the process of grilling, frying, and barbecuing. These are called heterocyclic amines (HA) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). When cooking meats at high temperatures, the amino acids and creatine react and form carcinogenic chemicals such as HCA. However, they do not exist in uncooked meats. It is only when the meat is exposed to the grill that these chemicals appear.

The higher the temperature, the more carcinogenic chemicals are formed.

When the juices of the meat fall onto the heat source, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) form, rise with the smoke, and are deposited onto the meat.

According to James Felton from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, both compounds of HA and PAH have caused cancer in animal studies.

Barbecuing is very dangerous when you consider all of the elements of the activity. The fluid used for barbeque grill fires is actually fuel. In fact, it is the same fuel that is used in lighters and automobiles.

Exposure to petro chemicals

Petroleum is used to ignite the flame and keep it lit.

You may have noticed that there is a clear warning label on the can that reads “Danger: Harmful or fatal if swallowed”. This fluid is being placed onto charcoal that is being burned. When it converts to smoke and rises, your meat is being exposed to harmful carcinogens.

The second warning on a can of charcoal lighter usually reads “CAUTION: combustible mixture! “Combustible” means to catch fire and burn quickly. This is exactly what petroleum fluid does. Using a combustible mixture to grill your food is not advised.

The third warning on a can of charcoal lighter says “DANGER: contains petroleum distillates.” This means that the gas or petroleum is distilled.

Did you know there are adverse side effects from using charcoal lighter fluid? These adverse side effects include headaches, dizziness, nausea, and unconsciousness. The manufacturers of these lighter fluids admit all of these harmful side effects but most people don’t think anything of it before purchasing this product. Continue reading