Processed meats such as hot dogs and kielbasa are grilling staples, but they are also high in fat, calories and salt. In addition, research has shown a link between processed meat consumption and certain diseases, such as cancer.
For these reasons, you should try limiting your intake of processed meat at cookouts and in your day-to-day diet.
“Processed meat should be consumed in moderation, if at all,” Kandora says. “For your backyard cookout, cook less of these meats than you normally would so you’re not tempted to overindulge.”
She says it’s also important to try to limit charring of meats, which has been linked to increased cancer risk.