Try go­ing ve­gan for the Fourth

Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

FROM: HEATHER MOORE NOR­FOLK, VA.

This Fourth of July, why not cook up some­thing kind and healthy — like mar­i­nated veg­etable kabobs, beef­less burg­ers or ve­gan BBQ chicken? Ve­gan foods not only taste great, they’re bet­ter for you — and your guests — be­cause they’re choles­terol-free and gen­er­ally low in sat­u­rated fat, and they don’t form harm­ful car­cino­gens when cooked, even when the “chef” bar­be­cues them be­yond recog­ni­tion.

Eat­ing lots of charred meat, on the other hand, can raise your risk for pan­cre­atic can­cer by up to 60 per­cent. And eat­ing well-done meat, in­clud­ing grilled chicken or fried fish, can as much as dou­ble your risk for blad­der can­cer. Un­der­cooked meats can cause food poi­son­ing, so you’ll want to pass on them, too.

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