Why It’s Healthier to Use a Propane Grill
In the debate between propane and charcoal it can be difficult to determine which one is the better option. When it comes to your health and the health of the planet, however, propane is the clear winner. It all boils down to carcinogens that end up in your food as well as the fact that charcoal tends to be dirtier and that propane has a much smaller carbon footprint.
1. PAHs and HCAs
There is nothing more important than your health and the health of your family when it comes to preparing meals. Grilling is a great way to provide healthy meat and vegetable options for your whole family without heating up your house in the summer with an oven or stovetop. It’s also a way to get everyone outside and enjoying the fresh air.
However, fresh air and healthy food are not the only considerations when it comes to grilling. When grilling with charcoal, more carcinogens, known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), end up in your food. This is due to the fact that with charcoal grills, the fat that drips from the meat creates much more smoke than propane grills, which ends up coating your food with the carcinogenic PAHs.
Charcoal flames are also quite a bit hotter, which can create a nice sear on your meat but will also increase the amount of heterocyclic amines (HCAs), another nasty carcinogen. Propane grills greatly reduce your exposure to these two carcinogens but they don’t eliminate them completely. The best possible way to reduce your exposure to PAHs and HCAs is to use propane, marinate your meat in vinegar and lemon, flip frequently, and trim excess fat before cooking. This will ensure that your meat is the safest it can be for you and your family.
2. Carbon Emissions
When it comes to carbon emissions it’s nearly impossible to beat propane. Cooking with charcoal can result in up to 105 times more carbon monoxide than propane. When tested at 35,000 BTUs per hour, a typical charcoal grill produced a whopping 11 pounds of carbon dioxide per hour, while propane only produced 5.6 pounds. Electric grills aren’t a good option in this regard either because they produce even more carbon dioxide than either propane or charcoal. At 15 pounds of carbon dioxide produced per hour, electric grills are not the best option either.
When it comes to the health of your family and of the planet, propane grills are the clear winner. Whether you only use it for the occasional family party or every night for dinner, it’s a good idea to stick with propane. Trimming the fat and marinating your food along with using a propane grill are the best possible ways to reduce your exposure to PAHs and HCAs as well as protecting our planet from harmful carbon emissions. So, if you’re in the market for a new grill, be sure to contact us today.