Surprising Side Effects of Eating Grilled Foods

Grilling season is summer. Warm weather is ideal for a late or early dinner, weekend cookout, or all-day BBQ with friends.

Whether you grill with gas or charcoal, it can have unique health effects compared to other methods.

"AGEs, advanced glycation end products, can promote oxidation and inflammation, which raises our risk of or worsens chronic health issues like heart disease, Type 2 diabetes,

Grilled meats can shorten our lives and worsen health issues.

Grilling can increase histamine levels, which can cause allergic reactions in sensitive people, says Jonathan Valdez, RDN, founder of Genki Nutrition and spokesperson for New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

2. It can worsen allergies.

"Grilling is a good way to cook with less fat, but sugary sauces can add calories," says Mills. "Applying or basting with sugary sauces can lead to weight gain. Don't wait to check for added sugar

Grilling causes weight gain.

"Grilling causes an increase in benzo[a]pyrene, a cancer-causing Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAHS), due to the incomplete combustion of carbon-containing materials, such as meat fat, vegetable substances, and heat sources (coal, wood)," says Valdez.

4. It may cause cancer.

"The phytonutrients in fruits and vegetables act as antioxidants to prevent cancer-causing free radical damage. Grilling veggies and fruits makes them tasty and available throughout the week. Grilling vegetables and fruits is a great way to eat them "- Mills

5. Grilling cuts cancer risk.

"AGEs, advanced glycation end products, can promote oxidation and inflammation, which raises our risk of or worsens chronic health issues like heart disease, Type 2 diabetes,

Grilled meats can shorten our lives and worsen health issues.

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