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Simple steps 'help make gas BBQs healthier'

16/08/2010 There are simple steps that can be taken to make food cooked on a gas BBQ healthier, one expert has suggested.

If you're worried about the results of a survey released last week which suggested that the average person eats more than their daily calorie allowance in one meal at a BBQ, then you should follow the advice of Sarah Giles, editor at Easy Cook.

Ms Giles suggested that switching your regular sausages and burgers for ones with a higher meat content can make a difference, as they will contain less fat, and that meat doesn't always have to be brushed with oil on a BBQ.

"Use spices and fresh herbs, or lemon juice to flavour meat, rather than oily marinades," she explained.

Fish was suggested as a healthier alternative to red meat and Ms Giles recommended people make their own relishes rather than purchase the high-calorie, high-sugar versions on sale in the shops.

Instead of serving potato salad or coleslaw as an accompaniment she suggested baby leaf salad, tomatoes, carrot batons, cumber and baby radishes.

The research, conducted by the Tony Ferguson Weightloss Program and Boots, found that on average a person consumes 3,000 calories at a BBQ. ADNFCR-3488-ID-800026994-ADNFCR

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