Summertime is synonymous with outdoor grilling and fun foods that are filled with flavor. But if you have oily and acne-prone skin and are trying to follow a clear skincare regimen, you might want to have another look at the delicious foods you’re tossing on the grill.
This is the worst food you can eat in the summer because it clogs pores and can contribute to more oil production, pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads. You don’t have to eliminate all of the amazing foods you love most during warm weather months, but with a few modifications, you can eat well and have radiant skin.
Certain foods cause inflammation, while others have anti-inflammatory properties and can help curb inflammation, which is great for both your skin and your overall health (inflammation has been linked to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and obesity).
One of the biggest culprits of inflammation you’ll find in foods comes courtesy of saturated fat. And, as much as it breaks our heart o confront this fact, most beef burgers that are made with up of 70 percent lean meat and 30 percent fat contain upwards of 136 grams of fat — 51 grams of which is saturated fat.
Why is saturated fat so bad for your skin? For starters, it causes inflammation in the skin, which can spur your body to produce excess oil, according to the National Health Service. Saturated fat also raises your blood cholesterol levels and can increase your risk of Type 2 diabetes.
High amounts of this fat are found in foods like beef, sausage, bacon, and other processed meats — including hot dogs, another summer food we love to toss on the grill.
Should you give up hamburgers cold turkey for the sake of your skin? Before you jump to extreme measures, try this instead: swap ground beef made from 70 percent lean meat for ground beef made from 90 percent lean beef, which can have as little as 11 grams of fat per serving. These burgers will dry up faster when you’re cooking them, so be sure to modify your cooking methods and turn the flame down a little lower to ensure they stay juicy.
And if you are willing and able to toss beef burgers to the curb, alternative meats that are just as delicious on the grill include poultry and pork. Whip up shish kebobs using cuts of lean chicken and pork, as well as peppers, onions, zucchini, cherry tomatoes (and maybe even a few shrimp) for a super heart-healthy meal that is also kind to your skin.