For most people, the true signs of summer include wearing flip flops and grilling up burgers and hot dogs in the backyard. Even though there may be no better taste than that of a burger right off the grill, a new study may have people refraining from the BBQ.
Scientists from the University of California, Davis, recently discovered toxins from grilling are some of the most potent when it comes to air pollution. Researchers came to this conclusion after taking air pollution particle samples from the Fresno area and then exposing lab mice to the air to check for different effects. Air from grilling with charcoal was high on the list that also included wood-burning emissions and particles from vehicles.
"That was like, wow!" Anthony Wexler, the study's coauthor told The Los Angeles Times. "It's not that you're cooking; it's how you're cooking. We think it's the [charcoal] briquets that are the problem."
CBS Las Vegas reports another study conducted by researchers from the University of California, Riverside, found grilling is the second largest source of air pollution in the South Coast Air Basin, making it a growing problem for people and the environment.
Since grilling isn't likely going out of style any time soon, those concerned about air pollution might want to install high-quality air purifiers like the Airgle PurePal CleanRoom AG900 to breathe well indoors.