-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
SATURDAY, Aug. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Choosing healthy foods to
barbeque -- and even barbequing with marinades instead of high-fat
sauces -- can help reduce your risk of heart disease as well as
stroke, experts say.
Many common barbeque favorites, such as pork, ribs and even corn
on the cob, are often slathered with rich sauces that are high in
calories, fats and salt. There are, however, healthier ways to
barbeque that are also delicious, according to Dr. Vivienne
Halpern, a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery.
"Grilling lean meats and vegetables without heavy sauces are wonderful for the barbeque," explained Halpern in a society news release. "These can become your family's new favorites." A fresh salad and watermelon for dessert will make the meal complete, she suggested.
When firing up the grill, instead of barbequing hot dogs and
hamburgers, Halpern suggested choosing lean proteins that are lower
in fat, calories and cholesterol, such as chicken, fish, turkey,
sirloin, turkey, buffalo or veggie burgers. Halpern also pointed
out that olive oil-based marinades and lemon juice are healthier
ways to add flavor to grilled meats and vegetables.
"It's true that we are what we eat," added Halpern. "Our food choices affect our caloric intake, cholesterol and sodium."
Halpern's recommendations underscore the 2010 Dietary Guidelines
for Americans, created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The guidelines
urge Americans to eat more of the following:
Americans can also control their blood pressure and cholesterol,
Halpern added, with moderate exercise (such as walking 30 minutes
each day), not smoking and maintaining a healthy body weight.
The U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has more about
heart and vascular diseases.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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