Eating for longevity begins in the kitchen. You
may be eating only organic, antioxidant-rich foods,
but if you cooked your food on the toxic surface
of your stovetop in a carcinogenic no-stick pan,
you just might be doing more harm than good. Find
out how to make over your kitchen for health and
Cut the Grease Without the Toxins
When you are facing a stovetop with a buildup of
baked-on grease, don't turn to commercial oven
and stovetop cleaners - that is like cleaning with
Instead, try baking soda. Just sprinkle baking
soda on your stovetop, let it sit for five minutes
and then scour the surface with either steel wool
or scrubber. For the stubborn spots that refuse
to be removed, try spraying this mixture on: mix
dishwashing liquid, borax, and warm water together;
let it sit for 20 minutes, and then scour it.
Microwave: Nothing to Rave About
People in the U. S. think microwaves are an ingenious
time-saving device and wonder how anyone ever lived
without one. Think again!
Microwaves use super-fast particles to literally
radiate the contents of water inside food and bring
it to boil. Not only has microwave use been linked
to causing infertility in men, but it also denatures
many of the essential proteins in the food making
them virtually indigestible.
If you must, use the low setting just to heat the
foods. Or better yet, get a small toaster oven or
steam oven and warm your foods. Take your time and
warm up your food in a safe and healthy way.
Poisonous Pots and Pans
Are your pots and pans poisoning you? If you are
using copper or aluminum cookware, they might be.
These metals interact with heat and food, and leach
into your diet; gradually these will accumulate
in your body, sometimes reaching the point of toxicity.
Toxic levels of aluminum have been linked to memory
loss, headaches, indigestion, and brain disorders,
including Alzheimer's disease. High levels of
copper can debilitate the immune system and enable
cancer cells to proliferate.
After scouring with abrasives, even stainless steel
can release small amounts of toxic metals like chromium
and nickel. Nonstick pans - although convenient
in the kitchen - contain Teflon, a plastic that
in recent years has been linked to immune disorders
and possible cancer conditions.
My suggestion is to use cookware with porcelain
enamel coating or made of glass, cast iron, or lead-free,
Bad News About Canned Goods
In today's industrialized world, it is more important
than ever to search out fresh food, as much for
the health benefits of locally grown produce as
for the health dangers presented by the alternative.
Canned foods, though easier to use than cooking
from scratch, are a threat to your health. The substance
bisphenol A, used to line food cans, is classified
as an endocrine disruptor, a compound that can act
like a hormone when it enters the human system.
Scientists have discovered that exposure to these
chemicals can contribute to prostate cancer, breast
cancer, cystic ovaries, and endometriosis.