Netdoctor & Patient Info

How to have a healthier barbecue

With its unbroken stretch of sunny days, this has truly been a barbecue summer. How better to spend a hot weekend than in a friend’s back garden, burgers sizzling on the grill and a jug of Pimms® at the ready?

Unsurprisingly, the barbecue market is booming. In recent weeks, Tesco has reported its best barbecue meat sales in years, Argos has seen a hike of 80% in sales of barbecue accessories and Iceland has set a new ice lolly sales record.

All this is well and good if you’re looking for free licence to indulge (and barbecues are not a time to be abstemious). However, if you’re concerned about eating healthily, a barbecue may require a bit more forward planning.

“Unfortunately, many of us are stuck in a rut when it comes to choosing our BBQ foods, opting for sausages, burgers and white baps with cheese slices as our staple items,” says Rose Constantine Smith, Patient’s nutritionist. “These foods make for a high-fat, low-nutrient meal. But it does not have to be this way.”

 

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