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Food Related Habits That are Harming Us

Critical diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, and chronic diseases like diabetes, thyroid, blood pressure, etc. are not simply caused by one big bad event in our life but are a result of daily habits.

Food related habits in particular are a major cause of such diseases. this video is about five food habits that we need to stop today to stay healthy. there is a bonus tip for you at the end of the blog as well, so till the end.

Food related habits

Cooking your food in refined oil

·        Oil is an integral part of Indian kitchens and it’s something that we use daily so choosing a healthy oil is very important.

·        Most of the oil like sunflower, rice bran, groundnut, and soyabean oil found in the Indian market is a refined oil

 which is then processed form of natural oil and produced after treating the natural oil at high temperatures with chemicals to meet the customer expectation of oil being golden in color, is odor-free, is flavor-free, and has a long shelf life.

·        Nickel is one of the major chemicals used as a catalyst for processing natural oil, it has several carcinogenic and negative effects on the respiratory system, liver, and skin.

·        The excessive chemical process resulted in increased oxidation and rancidity in the refined edible oil which affects our respiratory system in a long course of time.

·        The alveoli in our lungs get more oxidized and lead to problems like less blood circulation to your brain.

·        Prolonged consumption of refined oil can cause diabetes, renal problems, different allergies, premature aging, ulcers, arthritis, etc.

Solution

·       Desi cow ghee is the best version of natural oil and is suitable for all types of cooking even deep-frying given its boiling temperature is the highest among other oil and the best part of it is that it can be reused while other refined oil cannot.

If you want to save on some calories you can go for unrefined, natural, and cold-pressed vegetable oil.

·        Cold-pressed oils or better known as Kachi Ghani are a healthier option, the seeds are not subjected to high temperatures and harsh chemicals. this helps them retain their original flavor and nutritional content

·        Sesame, mustard oil, and coconut oil are some of the best examples of cold-pressed oil.

Number – 2

Using non-stick pans in the wrong ways

 non-stick pan is another common item in our kitchen. 

·        But till this day many of us have been using non-stick cookware in a way which will not only deteriorate the pan’s condition but also affect our health

·        Most of the time we use non-stick pans at high temperatures, extreme temperatures not only ruin the non-stick coating but also the non-stick linings release PFC’s or perfluorocarbons which can get into our food.

·         PFC is an important compound that gives the non-stick properties to the pan.

·        It is, however, toxic in nature and is linked to liver damage, thyroid issues, cancer, and developmental problems

·        Excessive scratching our non-stick cookware, affects the  PFC lining, leading to letting trace amount of PFC get into our food

Solution

·        Use the pan from low to medium heat, it is the ideal temperature of using the non-stick pan

·        Stop using metal spatulas with a non-stick pan, instead, use wooden or heat-safe rubber utensil with a non-stick pan

·        Add cooking oil before turning the heat on, this way you will increase the effectiveness of the non-stick coating of the pan

·        Also unlike other pans cleaning of non-stick pans to be done gently with scrub.     

Number – 3

Using plastic containers for heating and storing food

·        Another habit that we have developed over the years is that we microwave our food in plastic containers and also use it to store our food

·        In 2017, Harvard medical school published a report suggesting the dangers of using plastic containers in microwaves.   

·        The problem is with plastic, there are two key chemicals used to make plastic containers, phthalates, and bisphenol -a (BPA).

·        BPA is added to make the plastic hard and clear while phthalates make the plastic soft and flexible

·        The heat caused by the microwave lets BPA and phthalates leech into your food

·        And both of these chemicals  are known for their endocrine disruption  properties, they are found to affect hormones like estrogen and testosterone which can cause reproductive and other medical problems

·        This is harmful to children potentially impeding normal growth and development.

 Even disposable paper cups have a coating of plastic or wax which makes them are not safe for drinking hot drinks as they are coated with wax glass papers 

solution

Try to prepare fresh food to avoid storage

 using traditional steel and glass utensils to store food. glass and ceramic dishware are relatively better ways to warm food in the microwave.

·        You can also use a metal utensil for heating and storing purposes

matka or earthen pots to be used for storing water post-filtration

drink water out of steel water bottles

store vegetables in cloth bags in place of plastic bags

carry your own reusable steel or ceramic beverage container to office

·        It’s better to keep the plastic use to a minimum for your well being

Number – 4

Adding uncooked salt to our food

·        Needless, to say salt is an integral part of the culinary world and everybody have their own sense of taste

·        We have a habit of sprinkling raw salt overcooked food to alter the taste of our meal.

·        When the salt is cooked, the iron structure in the salt is simplified and it becomes easier for our gut to absorb.

·        In the case of uncooked salt, the iron structure remains the same and increases the pressure on the body resulting in high blood pressure, hypertension, heart, and kidney problems.

Solution

·        Dieticians and nutritionists advise to limit yourself to two grams of salt per day, so plan and make your meals accordingly

·        In the case of children, it should be even lesser

·        Try using a homemade pickle or achar in case you feel food is less salty, this not only satisfies your craving for salt but also boosts your digestion, and provide the nutrition of vegetables as they are not heated.

Number – 5

Wrapping our food in aluminum foil

 ·        Since we were little we have been using aluminum foil to pack our rotis and sabzi in our lunch box to school.

·        Even today there are more than 90% of children and working professionals wrap their food in aluminum foils

·        This is because several brands advertise it as the best way to keep your food fresh and hot even after 4 hrs of packaging.

·        What they don’t advertize s that storing the food in aluminum over long periods can cause aluminum to leech into your food, while the amount each time is low

·        But continuous amount over a long time may have if this habit is continued for years, the amount of aluminum in your body increases

·        High amounts of aluminum are linked to damage of brain cells leading to Alzheimer’s as studies

solution

·        Avoid packing your food in aluminum foils and store it in a food-grade steel lunch box

·        Or better store your food in glass or porcelain dishes

·        If you cannot avoid aluminum foil altogether, at least avoid storing acidic foods like sauce, achar, and lemon in aluminum foils

incase the food is to be kept warm, cover it in a cotton cloth first, and then cover that in aluminum.

One bonus tip that you must follow is to eat food mindfully. it means to remove any distraction of tv, mobile, or tab or any other device. the digestion of the food starts even before it enters our mouth, that is through saliva preparation, if our mind is distracted it does not get a signal to start the digestion process.

The impact is your food does not get digested properly, your mind does not tell you that the hunger has been satisfied and you end up overeating.

these were the 5 food-related habits that we must stop today for a longer healthier life. please share your tips on controlling similar habits. Let us know if you won’t know about bad sleeping habits that we must stop.

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