How to consume right and safe food at home?
Eating healthy and unadulterated food is the best choice to make for your diet. It is vital for good health and can reduce the risk of numerous chronic health conditions. It also helps maintain a healthy weight and gives you more energy to enjoy life.
Eating safe and unadulterated food keeps energy and nutrients of the food item intact within it. Imagine your cells smiling back at you and saying: Thank You!
Unadulterated food can prevent from various severe diseases and keep the immune system healthy which in other case could be very harmful if not taken care of. Healthy eating also involves preparing food to preserve nutrients and prevent diseases, as well as paying attention to food production issues.
Follow the following steps for Healthy Cooking:
- Use healthy cooking methods such as steaming, broiling, grilling and roasting. Frying requires fat to achieve the desired results, hence should be avoided and deep-fried foods add considerable fat to the diet which could lead to certain heart diseases. Occasionally having such kind of food is okay, but including them in your daily diet could prove to be very harmful.
- From safer point of view cook food items in as little water and for as short a period of time as possible to preserve all water soluble vitamins such as B’s and C. If food is over boiled, it may lose its nutrient contents.
- Use a variety of herbs and spices which are organically prepared. In today’s scenario unadulterated food items are hard to find but with simple tests carried out at home, one can check them.
- Buy organic and unadulterated food for all or some of your diet. Some items have heavier pesticide residue than others. Some of them are Apples, Celery, Cherry Tomatoes, Grapes, Strawberries, Hot Peppers, Peaches and Potatoes etc. Such fruits and vegetables should be bought which are organically grown.
Following are few precautions for safe food preparation:
- Wash hands and surfaces often using hot, soapy water. Wash your hands before and after you handle food or utensils, especially raw meat, poultry, fish or eggs.
- Wash all fruits and vegetables before eating. Washing the fruits and vegetables properly removes the upper layer of fertilizers and harmful chemicals which could cause severe harm reaching to cancer.
- Separate raw, cooked and ready-to-eat foods. Keep raw meat, poultry, fish or eggs away from other foods to prevent cross-contamination. If possible, use separate cutting boards for these foods. If not, be sure to wash cutting boards carefully with soap between uses.
- Cook foods to a safe temperature. Uncooked or undercooked animal products or even vegetables could be unsafe. Overcooked food can release harmful secretions that can harm digestive system and cause problems like acidity etc.
- Keep hot food items hot, above 140 degrees and cold food below 40 degrees to prevent bacteria growth. Refrigerate foods within two hours of purchase or preparation.
Eating unadulterated and healthy food is not about strict limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving you of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, improving your health and boosting your mood and immune system.
Safe eating doesn’t have to be overly complicated. If you feel overwhelmed by all the conflicting nutrition and diet advice out there, you’re not alone. The cornerstone of a safe diet should be to replace processed food with real food. Eating food that is as close possible to the way nature made it can make a huge difference to the way you think, look and feel. It is way safer to use products that come directly from farm with the least amount of processing.
Eat safe, stay healthy!