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
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.