Is Grilling Healthy?

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Ever put off learning about something because you really didn’t want to know the answer?

Sure, we’ve all done it. In fact, I’m doing it right now…..

  • Why does the faucet outside drip continuously?
  • What is my credit card balance after being on vacation?
  • Why does Griffin’s selection of shorts seems to have dwindled to just two pairs?
  • And this list could go on and on…..

But, here’s the thing: while I may appear to excel in procrastination at home, this usually isn’t an issue for me professionally.  Maybe it's because I’m a nerd and love my subject matter too much, but I’ve never had a writing assignment that I put off because I was scared to know the answer. 

Is Grilling Safe?

One of my recent assignments for Cooking Light was to examine the effects from eating food that had been prepared on the grill.  It's funny because it is actually an idea that I had pitched to the editors, yet I was really scared of what I would learn and that the answers would hit a little too close to home!  I mean, the grill literally saves dinner hour here on a weekly basis. It’s easy. It’s quick. And most importantly, it’s a break from the stovetop! So I put it off for a while, and then with a due date looming, I finally dove into the stacks of research in my typical all-or-nothing approach.

The Verdict 

It’s really not all bad, AND there are lots of things you can do to make grilling safer and minimize risks. In fact, the anticipation and fear of what I thought I was going to learn was a heck of a lot worse than what I found out (not so sure this will be the case with my credit card statement though!). 


Check out the full article for CL.com here: “Is Grilling Safe?”, and later this week watch for my post on how I made my family’s favorite grilled pork tenderloin safer based on what I learned!

Do you love to grill?

What are your favorite go-to grill recipes?