07 December 2006

Did you know THAT was Dangerous?

I am splitting this article up over the next few days, so make sure you come back to read the next part!

During the holiday season, we all have more than enough to try and keep track of, and worry about. And it is during this time of year that we let ourselves get run down, and exposed to dis-eases most. To help you take some of that pressure off of your body (and your family's), here are some of the most unusual household dangers that every Biz Mom and Biz Dad should be aware of.

  1. PLASTIC – Hopefully many of you already know that plastic leaches into any food or liquid that it touches. There are two things that affect how much is leached into our food or drink. The first is how rigid the plastic is. The more flexible the plastic, the more it will leach into your food or drink. The second is how hot the plastic gets. The hotter the plastic gets, the more it will leach. Think not just about the microwave, but about when it sits near a heat vent or even in sunlight. Remedy: Use glass or metal for food/ drink storage and cooking. If you must use plastic, choose the most rigid you can find, and keep it cold. There is one type of plastic that has been shown not to leach, and that is Type 7.

  2. THE MICROWAVE- As long as we are talking about cooking, lets talk about the microwave. A microwave oven uses radiation to heat the food/drink that we place inside it. Just as radiation negatively effects and distorts our bodies cells, so it also effects our food and drink. What you put in, does not come out as something our body recognizes anymore. Try a taste test, cook the same food on the stove and in the microwave, and taste the difference for yourself. Remedy: Using the stove top or oven usually does not take that much longer. If there are particular things you are used to microwaving, look for an alternative cooking method. For instance, buy an electronic steamer to heat up the vegetables, look for a “simmer ring” to place on your burner to diffuse the heat evenly allowing you to “warm” dinner plates, and other ceramics.

  3. HYDROGENATED AND PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED- If you read your labels, you are familiar with these terms, but do you know what they mean? The foods are genetically altered to retain solidity at room temperature. This is very useful when dealing with packaging and marketing such things as margarine and peanut butter, to name a couple of common things. But, here's the catch, when they genetically alter it, they leave it one molecule different than plastic. Personally I prefer to eat food, not plastic. Remedy: there are always versions of the same products that are not hydrogenated...use butter instead of margarine, or coconut cream instead of butter, use freshly ground peanut butter (which you must store in the fridge to avoid rancidity). If you choose to buy a product with hydrogenated ingredients in it, do so knowing what you are buying, and look for something that is only partially hydrogenated.

Wishing you a SAFE and Happy Holidays!
Continue to Part 2

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