This is a buzzkill. We knew that eating processed meats wasn’t the healthiest thing for us. Did you know that they’re even worse when grilled? That includes hot dogs and brats. Not what we want to hear as we gear up for our 4th of July cookouts.
Dr. Frank Hu, a nutrition professor at Harvard, told The Grio that most health experts agree “processed meats are more harmful than non-processed meats.” Grilling processed meats adds to the health risks due to the high heat forming additional carcinogenic effects. Those health risks include colorectal cancer, Type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
If you do a lot of summertime grilling like I do, you might want to switch up your menu. I may grill more salmon and vegetables after learning this information. Here are some of the processed meats that pose the highest health risks:
- Deli meats
- Hot dogs