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3 Unhealthy Ways to Cook
Published: 03/23/2013

Last Saturday we discussed healthy ways to cook; today we cover some unhealthy cooking methods you will want to cut back on or avoid entirely.

  1. Deep-frying. Deep-frying – especially with re-used cooking oils, as is common in fast-food restaurants – can create large amounts of oxidized fats. These are highly inflammatory, and have been associated with increased risks of cardiovascular disease, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, various liver disorders, and cancer.
  1. Microwaving in plastic. Heating or cooking foods in plastic containers or covered by plastic wrap in the microwave can drive plastic molecules into your food. Use only glass or ceramic containers, and cover foods with waxed paper or a paper towel.
  1. Grilling with charcoal. Potentially hazardous and carcinogenic smoke is produced when you grill meat or fish over charcoal. Instead, use a gas or electric grill to eliminate the smoke hazard, and avoid overcooking or charring. If you do use charcoal, avoid using lighting fluid or self-lighting packages of charcoal briquettes which add residues from toxic chemicals to food.
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