Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of the popular TV show “The Dr. Oz Show.” He is a professor in the Department of Surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Mike Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, an award-winning author, and has been the doctor to eight Nobel Prize winners and more than 100 Fortune 500 CEOs.


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Safe Ways To Fire Up Your Grill

Wednesday, 27 June 2012 08:16 AM

Firing up the grill to cook fish and veggies is one of the best parts of summer. But making sure you're dishing up a healthy meal may take some revisions to your traditional family barbecue. And we're not talking about replacing your hamburger with nothing but Hamburger Helper, as Cousin Eddie did in Chevy Chase's first "Vacation" movie. (See it and weep with laughter!) Today we're talking about what you burn and how you ignite it!

Lighter fluid + charcoal + match = Problem. Lighter fluid (petroleum-based) produces volatile organic compounds and leaves petroleum residue on food and in your lungs. We say, skip the lighter fluid! Try these healthier ways to get the grill goin'.

• A charcoal chimney starter ($10-$35) looks like an oversized metal beer mug with a grate near the bottom. Put in the charcoal, ignite with paper, and in 12 to 15 minutes the briquettes are good to glow.

• An electric charcoal starter ($10-$20) is a metal coil you bury in a mound of charcoal and plug in. In eight to 15 minutes, the fire's on its way.

Is it better to eliminate charcoal completely? Yes, propane and gas grills are cleaner and more energy efficient. But charcoal is probably OK a few times a year. Just know that it produces soot that irritates respiratory conditions like asthma and releases the carcinogenic VOC benzene, so stand away from the smoke! Also, avoid quick-start charcoals soaked with lighter fluid and those with additives such as sodium nitrate. Now go flip that veggie burger!

© 2012 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
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