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Summertime...and the Grilling Is Easy

It's summer, and that can only mean one thing—barbecue season! Nothing tastes more delicious than fresh grilled corn on the cob or a flame-broiled juicy burger or finger-licking barbecued chicken or... you get the point. Grilled food is good food. And while this food is tasting so good, it can even be healthful. But remember, safety should always come first when you barbecue.

Barbecuing and Healthful Choices

When you think of barbecued ribs, healthy may not be the first thing that pops into your mind. But it is possible to make grilling good for you by making healthful choices. It just takes a little effort. And, you won't sacrifice any of the flavor. Here are some tips to help:

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Barbecuing and Food Safety

Grilling outside is definitely more relaxed and less formal. But you still need to be vigilant about food safety. The following are some tips to keep the bacteria out and the fun in.

Make sure that you allow steaks to sit for a minimum of 3 minutes after you remove it from the grill.

Barbecuing and Fire Safety

Although grilling outdoors is great fun, it can be dangerous. Not thinking about safety when you barbecue can lead to serious burns or a fire. Follow these important safety tips to help you grill safely:


Eat Right—American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Food Safety—US Department of Health & Human Services


Dietitians of Canada

Health Canada


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Last reviewed July 2017 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Michael Woods, MD, FAAP  Last Updated: 10/18/2013