Infographic: How to fill a healthy barbecue plate

MD Anderson experts offer tips for healthier grilling

MD Anderson News Release 06/11/13

Adults can avoid cancer-causing agents when they barbecue by using the healthy grilling tips in the new infographic, “How to fill a healthy barbecue plate,” created by experts at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

“Summer is a popular season for outdoor grilling,” said Mary Ellen Herndon, an MD Anderson wellness dietitian. “But before you fire up the grill, take the right precautions to make sure you serve healthy barbecue dishes that won’t expose your family to increased cancer risks.”

Research shows that common meats served at barbecues, like hot dogs and hamburgers, can increase colorectal cancer risks. Even some ‘safer’ meats can expose people to cancer-causing agents if they’re cooked improperly.

Herndon suggests using the tips in the infographic to give grilling a healthy makeover.

To learn more about red meat and colorectal cancer risks, watch MD Anderson’s “limit red meat” video and grab the YouTube embed code under the “share” tab.

Take Healthy Bites

This infographic is part of MD Anderson’s Healthy Bites 2013 challenge, which encourages adults to make healthier food choices to lower cancer risks. Participants take on a different nutrition challenge every month.

“Maintaining a healthy diet can be difficult,” Herndon said. “That’s why we created the Healthy Bites program, which encourages small dietary changes and each one supports a cancer prevention message.”

People who join Healthy Bites will have access to additional MD Anderson nutrition materials, food journals, healthy recipes and expert tips.

For more information, including details on how to join the challenge, visit