Is Charcoal Barbecue Bad For Your Health?

Barbecuing, the most ancient form of cooking doesn’t only provide delicious food, but also a popular pastime for many Americans in the summer. Charcoal grill is one of the most frequently used fuels for barbecuing.

Charcoal cooked food has an extra flavor over gas cooked food and also less expensive, so it’s preferred than gas cooked food. These delicious foods have a question around them, “Is charcoal barbecuing bad for your health?”

First of all, charcoal produces a lot of smoke and smog. It also produces a large amount of hydrocarbons and soot particles. All of them cause air pollution and hydrocarbons can aggravate lung problems while soot particles are highly responsible for causing heart diseases.

Moreover, you are making holes in ozone layer producing carbon dioxide when you are grilling your steak.

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Two carcinogenic chemical compounds are formed at the time the barbecue gets its delicious taste burning on charcoal.  When the meat is grilled, it drops some fat on the burning embers and they come back along with smoke in the form of hetero-cyclic amines and poly-cyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

Poly-cyclic aromatic hydrocarbon can also form directly in the meat as it gets charred. Longer grilling adds more of these chemical compounds to the meat. Hetero-cyclic amines and poly-cyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are responsible for causing pancreas, colon and breast cancer.

Charcoal barbecues are bad for your health because charcoal can be contaminated with borax, coal dust, sodium nitrate, limestone, starch and other compounds. These compounds can be absorbed by the meat that’s been grilling. They can put some serious damage to our health in a long run.

It is not that charcoal smoker foods do only bad for your health; they can be beneficial in some ways if they are prepared properly. They are low in fat because the fat included in meat drops away at the time of cooking.

They can be cooked with dry spices so no extra fat is added from oil. Click here to know how to season food with dry spices for barbecuing.

There are some techniques you can use to make your barbecue less risky for your health. You can marinate meats for a longer time like one hour or more with vinegar or lemon juice to reduce hydrocarbon production.

Precooking can also be beneficial to health; you can slightly cook meats in the oven or other cooker and then put them on the grills. You can get a much higher health benefit from a gas grill or electric grill.

It may sound ridiculous to switch from charcoal grills to a gas grill or electric grill and most of the people will say gas or electric grills cannot provide the same smoky flavor of a charcoal grill.

It’s true, they cannot bring exactly the same flavor of charcoal grill, but this is the price you pay for your health. Another downfall for gas grill and electric grills is “they are more expensive.”

Is charcoal smoker food bad for your health?

May be, may be not, it’s still a debate as you can cause harm to your kidneys by over drinking water. So, it’s yours to decide whether charcoal barbecues is bad for your health for not, but we can always avoid what might cause serious health issues. Stay fit, eat well.

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