Health notes from our founder/CEO Barry Sendel
Elevated Blood Pressure and Inflammation from Grilled Meats Grilling might not necessarily be as healthy as you think. This probably won't come as welcome news for barbecue fans, especially during football tailgating season, but it appears that there might be a connection between elevated blood pressure and inflammation and grilled meats. In a study conducted over a decade, individuals who regularly consumed grilled meats over a long period of time had an elevated risk of developing high blood pressure, insulin resistance, and inflammation. According to the study, the risk of elevated blood pressure was 17 percent higher for people who ate grilled meats over 15 times a month. The risk was also 15% higher for people who ate well-done meats. It's not completely understood yet why there is such a correlation, however, it might have something to do with the chemical changes inherent in the grilling process itself, and the effect of those chemicals on the human body, especially grilling at high temperature. Again, this study viewed the cumulative effects of grilling often over a long period of time rather than the effects of a Saturday grill session every once in a while, but it's something perhaps to think about. It just goes to show, we should be mindful of what we eat, even when it's supposedly a healthier option than, say, deep-frying. For more information on the study, including tips on how to healthily enjoy your grilling, visit the Today show website, and their article from March 21, 2018. You can also find more from the American Heart Association, also posted on March 21, 2018. What do you think? Your comments are always welcome. Best Regards, Barry Sendel Founder and CEO Chef Minute Meals, Inc.