With barbecues come the usual smorgasbord of grilled goodies, slaws, and salads. Cleveland Clinic registered dietician, Kristin Kirkpatrick, says health-conscious partygoers shouldn't fret, but some options are better than others.
"If you're looking at the difference between potato salad and coleslaw, first figure out how both are made. If a potato salad is made in a vinaigrette, it's going to be a better option, especially if it has the skins on, like a red skin potato. If both options are drenched in mayo, which at a typical BBQ, they probably are, I would always go with the coleslaw and that's because it utilizes raw cabbage and that's high in vitamin K and is also shown to help in prevention of stomach and bladder cancer," says Kirkpatrick.
If your only choices are hot dogs or hamburgers – go for the burger! Despite the fact that a burger will have a large amount of saturated fat, recent research from the Harvard School of Public Health may point to a higher risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes in individuals consuming processed meat, like hot dogs.
Keep in mind that the appropriate serving size for a hamburger is 4 ounces – that's about the size of a deck of cards. And when it comes to topping that burger, Kirkpatrick says mustard and onions are a healthy choice.
"I'd always go for the onions because onions make your platelets less sticky and that means we are less prone to heart attack, stroke, we're less prone to clotting so onions are great in that benefit. If we are looking at mustard and ketchup. I'd always go with the mustard because the yellowness you see in mustard is from turmeric. Turmeric is an Indian spice and has been shown in many studies to decrease inflammation in the body," says Kirkpatrick.
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