Are bar­be­cues bad for your health?

It’s the ca­sual cousin of the din­ner party, where no one stands on cer­e­mony, makes po­lite con­ver­sa­tion or wor­ries about what to wear. But are bar­be­cues a hid­den health haz­ard? Fri­day in­ves­ti­gates

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Bar­be­cues are a great way to chill out with friends and fam­ily. We get to en­joy the fresh air, eat and be so­cia­ble. We’re faced with a wide choice of food, from prawn skew­ers, to mar­i­nated chicken wings, and it is grilled so it must be healthy, right? Pos­si­bly not.

Ex­perts are now con­cerned that bar­be­cues could ac­tu­ally be bad for our health. They claim we’re at risk of fall­ing vic­tim to ev­ery­thing from fat­ten­ing dips and food poi­son­ing, to lung dis­ease and cancer. Shock­ing re­cent re­search* re­veals that bar­be­cues poi­son the air with tox­ins, stat­ing that a typ­i­cal two-hour bar­be­cue can re­lease the same level of diox­ins as up to 220,000 cig­a­rettes.

And that’s be­fore we even con­sider the risk of food poi­son­ing due to un­der­cook­ing or hy­giene lev­els; sud­denly there seems to be dan­ger lurk­ing near ev­ery ke­bab.

We asked Dubai-based nu­tri­tion­ist Mi­tun De Sarkar (sim­ply­healthy­di­ets.com) and Nu­tri­tional ther­a­pist Ali­son Cullen (avo­gel.co.uk) to ex­am­ine the dan­gers sur­round­ing bar­be­cues and tell us how to dine al fresco safely.

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