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Toxins in BBQ Fumes May Be Absorbed Through the Skin

Summer is here, and the Fourth of July is just a few weeks away! But, before you head out to your neighborhood BBQ, we’re going to give you some information you may want to bring with you in addition to that family dish you’re so famous for.

A May study by Environmental Science & Technology found increased PAH (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) levels in subjects that ate grilled foods, those that touched grilled foods, and finally by those that inhaled foods cooked on a grill. PAHs have been known to cause lung disease as well as DNA mutations.

According to the study, the grilled food doesn’t even have to be eaten, touched, or inhaled to expose yourself to the harmful toxins. Clothes that are exposed to barbecuing foods can become “saturated with contaminated smoke, and the skin can absorb high PAH levels”. It’s recommended if you’re around a bbq, that you change and wash your clothes immediately after returning home.

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