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Grilling Safely and Keto Diet

From eNewsletter 6/5/2023

DID YOU KNOW that those who adhere to a ketogenic style of eating may have elevated risk of cardiac events?

The ketogenic or "keto" diet, which involves consuming very low amounts of carbohydrates and high amounts of fats, has been gaining popularity. However, a new study presented at the American College of Cardiology's Annual Scientific Session Together With the World Congress of Cardiology suggests it may be associated with a twofold heightened risk of cardiovascular events such as chest pain (angina), blocked arteries requiring stenting, heart attacks and strokes.

As we have said consistently, a ketogenic should only be adhered to for specific medical conditions with professionals who can track you safely.


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Steve Minsky MS, HWC

Despite 115 degrees on the track, your favorite Health and Wellness Counselor took gold in the 400 meter sprint and silver in the 200 sprint for the 50-54 age group at the Illinois State Championships Saturday at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Steve will be competing at nationals in July!

As a Health and Wellness Counselor, Steve analyzes and offer solutions to optimize not only the food you eat, but every aspect of your lifestyle, whether for prevention or healing. More info on Steve's services.

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Grilling Safely

Steve: As grilling season kicks in to high gear, there are a few things you should be aware of. Click the image at the beginning of the newsletter to watch a little fun we had in 2012 (I had less gray hair back then) about grilling safely that still holds true today.

A recent study from BMJ Open suggests that barbecuing could potentially increase the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) due to the release of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). These particles, which are environmental pollutants, form during the combustion of substances like coal, oil, gas, and wood, as well as during the flame grilling of meat and other foods.

When removing confounding factors, the researchers found that those who frequently barbecue had more PAHs in their blood. Moreover, there were a larger number of subjects with RA who had high PAH levels in their blood.

Steps you can take to grill safely.

  1. Know your risk for PAHs. Our Pure Genomics Genetic Screening screens for toxins. If you have an autoimmune disorder, of course, your risk is already elevated.

  2. Marinate your food prior to grilling.

  3. Minimize charring your food by cooking at a lower temperature.

  4. Grill in moderation.

Grilling is something many of us love to do. Just be mindful of the risks and take the necessary steps to minimize them.


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