Letters to the Editor

There are alternatives to grilling on holidays

What ever happened to the good old days when the worst things we had to fear on Memorial Day were traffic jams and indigestion? This year, it was all about food poisoning by the nasty E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria bugs lurking in hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken nuggets at millions of backyard barbecues.

The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline’s advice is to grill meat and chicken products longer and hotter. They fail to caution that high-temperature grilling forms lots of cancer-causing compounds. Do we really need to choose between food poisoning and cancer?

Luckily, enterprising food manufacturers and processors have met this challenge head-on by developing a great variety of healthful, delicious, convenient plant-based veggie burgers, veggie dogs, and soy nuggets. These wholesome foods don’t harbor nasty bugs or cancer-causing compounds. They don’t even carry cholesterol, saturated fats, drugs, or pesticides. And, they are right there, in the frozen food section of our supermarket.

Andrew Petuchov

Olympia

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