The char and smoke of charcoal grills carry serious health concerns.
Summer in Alaska is once again coming to an end and what better way to honor this beautiful time of the year than with a good ol’ BBQ. While there’s nothing stopping you from lighting up the grill at other times of the year, there’s just something special about enjoying a juicy steak and fresh sides in the sunshine.
Unfortunately, there are some health concerns when it comes to eating grilled meats like beef, pork, or poultry, and they’re greatly increased when you use charcoal as your main fuel for cooking. Luckily, you can avoid them by simply switching to propane. For a quick breakdown of the health benefits of grilling with propane, keep reading and make sure to contact us today for fast, professional propane delivery in Anchorage, Alaska.
The Problem With Charcoal
Grilling is one of the most ancient forms of cooking. Unfortunately, the smoky flavor and char that makes a well-grilled steak so delicious isn’t particularly good for you. When fat from cooking meat drips onto hot charcoal it evaporates into smoke, and while that’s part of the reason grilled meat tastes so good, it’s also one of the leading health concerns associated with this form of cooking.
The smoke that forms contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), a group of more than 100 chemicals which are known carcinogens and have caused tumors in laboratory animals. The same goes for that delicious char that we all treasure. Charring meat creates heterocyclic amines (HCAs), another well-known group of carcinogens which has raised health concerns around grilling.
Health Benefits of Propane: The Healthy Way to Grill
Luckily, cooking with propane allows you to lower your exposure to both PAHs and HCAs yet still enjoy a great steak. This is because propane grills give off noticeably less smoke and heat, meaning you’re less likely to char your meat or coat it in PAH-rich smoke.
If you’re ready to make the switch to propane and reap the health benefits, contact us today. Finally, make sure you share this post with your friends and leave us a comment below.
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