While eating all of your food raw is probably a bad idea - at least when it comes to meats - there is also a less talked about dark side to cooking your foods. Although cooking various foods can help to improve the taste, add nutritional value, and allow for the freedom to create culinary masterpieces, proper cooking is essential. Cooking your foods the wrong way can actually create toxic compounds. And when I say “toxic” I don’t necessarily mean that you’re making your meals dealthy poisonous. I just mean that you’re creating oxidized fats, damaged proteins, carcinogens, and the like. That’s right, cooking your foods the wrong way can have the same effect on your body that smoking cigarrettes does (maybe just not as severe). Most proper cooking techniques have to do with factors like ingredients, cooking temperature, and cooking method.
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Most people would agree that nothing tastes better than a flame-broiled burger over the open fire of a grill, but even something as simple as grilling has it’s downfalls. What’s the best way to grill food? Simple. Make it as hot as you can, as fast as you can, for everyone to enjoy, right? Wrong! Here’s why: When the fats drip down onto the coals, it forms HCAs & PAHs which can be a cause of inflammation, as well as cancer. Instead of cranking your grill up to high and cooking your foods as fast as possible, it is actually much better to grill your foods at low-temperatures, creating fewer toxins.
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Sometimes we want a crispy outside with a tender, juicy inside. So what do we do? Broil. Broiling is a common cooking method for meats like pork chops and chicken. However, broiling is another cooking method that shouldn’t be used all of the time, as this method uses high temperatures that end up oxidizing fats, denaturing proteins, and destroying other nutrients. Although this method shouldn’t be your go-to method for cooking everything in the house, there’s nothing wrong with broiling your meats every now and then.
3. Deep frying
Fried chicken, fried fish, fried french fries, fried pickles, fried cheese - the list goes on and on! There is no doubt that people love fried foods, but boy oh boy, they are quite possibly the worst things for you. When you fry your food, you’re practically bathing it in glycated sugars, denatured proteins, and oxidized fats. Furthermore, deep frying uses high temperatures that create many toxic compounds that have been found to increase your risk of cancer. So if at all possible, it’s probably a good idea to find another method of cooking those french fries or pickles.
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I’d say that the easiest, fastest, (and laziest) way to cook food is to simply put it in the microwave, punch a few buttons, and then wait. Super convenient, but also super unhealthy! Using a microwave gives off an increased level of electromagnetic fields in the air, which can be potentially harmful to your body, as they have even been traced to causing cancer. In addition, studies have shown that microwaving your food actually causes changes in your white blood cells. Not to mention it removes pretty much all of the natural proteins and nutrients in your food. In essence, saving a few minutes in terms of food prep could actually be costing you your health, so you may want to take those extra few minutes to use the stove or oven when cooking.
Using a slow-cooker is a close second in the run for easist cooking method. Personally, I love being able to throw something in a pot, turn it on, and then just let it sit all day until dinner time. That’s my kind of cooking! The catch, though, is that slow-cooking really needs to be done correctly in order to get the most out of it. While cooking your foods slowly and for a long period of time does make for soft, juicy foods, it also produces glutamate and can make it easy to overcook your meat. To get the most out of the slow-cooking method, be sure to keep your slowcooker tightly covered the whole time your food is cooking. In addition, consider using spices and seasonings like rosemary and turmeric, which will not only add lots of delicious flavor, but will add antioxidants to your food as well!