We all want to have smooth skin, shiny hair, no wrinkles on the face, and to live a long and healthy life. We put so much effort and invest lots of money to avoid serious diseases and keep our bodies in good form. Our shopping lists include more and more food supplements, eco-friendly products and unprocessed food. Is it enough, though?
Providing your diet with the best ingredients is necessary, but it’s just the first step on the way to healthy nutrition. How you prepare and combine food products determines the quality of your meals, as well.
We wrote the article with sensible diet education in mind. How to make the best out of what you eat? How to know what foods you should avoid? Let’s try to figure this out together, one by one.
Does my cooking gear matter?
Start the research in your very own kitchen cupboard. The kind and maintenance of your cookware play a much more significant role in your diet than you think. The materials that your kitchen supplies are made of have a severe impact on the nutrient levels of the home-prepared dishes. Poorly chosen cooking gear can actually even make food harmful for your health.
Aluminium is probably the most often used material in our kitchens. It’s a light and cheap metal so that we can find it in many forms – pots, pans, mugs, knives, graters. Unfortunately, it’s also dangerous. In particular, combined with acidic foods, such cookware releases aluminium compounds directly to the prepared products. Absorbed by the human body, it becomes cancerogenic.
Metal kitchen accessories oxidize the nutrients contained in fresh fruits and vegetables. Cutting apples and carrots with an aluminium knife kills all the best stuff that our organism needs. Not to mention massacring them with a metal grater – that leaves us with a useless pulp.
Teflon and similar non-stick pans and pots aren’t our best friends either. They are easy to scratch, which increases the risk of getting cancerogenic particles to the food. Besides that, non-stick coat cooking ware releases toxic fumes both to prepared dishes and to our lungs directly.
How do I choose the right cookware?
After identifying your kitchen supplies, exchange the harmful supplies to good quality, safe ones. Try to get the inspiration from your grandparents’ kitchen equipment – wooden spoons and spatulas, iron cast skillets. In Asian recipes, you can find stir-fry dishes cooked in carbon steel woks. There are also carbon steel knives on the market! And Instead of using a metal grater, choose glass or plastic one. In the last few months, ceramic cooking gear got surprisingly popular, as well (here’s an example review of top 10 ceramic cookware).
As you can see, there are a lot of various possibilities to make your kitchen equipment better for your health! Good quality, safe cookware may be expensive, but if you take proper care of it, will last a lifetime.
Don’t hesitate to improve your lifestyle in parallel with changing your cooking methods!
How can food itself be harmful to me?
Obviously, we’re not going to enlighten you about how deadly trans-fats in fast foods are. There are different, less evident ways that various products can affect your health negatively.
Food allergies may be clearly visible and felt, like in the form of rashes, swelling, diarrhea or acne. Even though some of these allergic reactions can be fatal, invisible symptoms are just as dangerous.
E.g., milk can be not right for you in two ways; you can be allergic to lactose and get strong stomachaches and digestive problems or be lactose-intolerant. Lactose-intolerance in humans is a result of the lack of the enzyme responsible for digesting lactose. This undigested sugar accumulates in the brain and can cause very severe vision damage, that eventually leads to blindness.
Studies show that there’s also such a problem as iron intolerance. It’s much more common than we could think. Similarly to lactose intolerance – iron accumulates in our organs and causes serious damage. Consumption of iron, in this case, may even result in cancerous changes in our organism.
In the case of chronic diseases, there are particular foods that you shouldn’t be eating, because they are reinforcing the symptoms. We’re often not aware of that we should get a personalized diet or that we don’t know that we are chronically ill at all. One of the most common chronic diseases of our times is Hashimoto syndrome – autoimmune hypothyroidism. People with this kind of thyroid disorder should avoid i.a. soya beans, since they are endocrine disrupters.
That sounds horrible! How can I avoid all this mess?
We’re not saying that with great quality cooking gear and appropriate diet you can prevent your body temple from toxins and possible illnesses. We’d rather like you to pay more attention to what you let into your precious organism, how the environment influences your health and make you go see your doctor! Genetic tests and systematical blood proves will help you to find out what’s best for you. Awareness of your exact health state is a must in order to enjoy your life as long as possible!