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Summertime...and the Grilling Is Easy

It is summer, and that can only mean one thing—barbecue season! Nothing tastes better than fresh grilled corn on the cob or a flame-broiled juicy burger or barbecued chicken. Grilled food is good food. And it can even be healthful. But keep in mind that safety should always come first.

Choose Healthy Options

Healthy may not be the first thing that pops into your mind when you think of grilled food. But you can make healthful choices that make grilling good for you. It just takes a little effort. And, you will not lose any of the flavor. Here are some tips:

Food Safety

Grilling outside is more relaxed and less formal. But you still need to care about food safety. Here are some tips to keep the bacteria out and the fun in.

Make sure that you let steaks sit for at least three minutes after you take them off the grill. This will let it reabsorb the juices from cooking.

Fire Safety

Not thinking about safety when you grill can lead to burns or a fire. Here are 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

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Last reviewed July 2021 by EBSCO Medical Review Board  Last Updated: 7/5/2021