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Showing posts with label Cooking Tips. Show all posts

Smoked Food - Just Delicious or a Carcinogen !

You must have seen people going crazy for different types of smoked food such as smoked cheese, smoked meat, barbecued food or grilled food. But do you ever try to know if its healthy or just tasty. Making a grilled or barbecued food may be matter of few hours but really smoked food takes days to make, so that the smoke enters to most interior part of food (not just the outer layer). But is this hard work really worth doing ? If you are dying for the taste then YES. But what if we ask in terms of health. Here we are trying to get an answer to that.

Most of the delicious things are not healthy
It is a natural fact that most of the delicious things contain too much of something to make it taste so. Either its too much of sugar, too much of spices, too much of fat or too much of grilling. No matter what you are eating, too much of cooking degrades its nutritional value. Similarly too much of smoke in food may provide taste to your tongue, but it is not healthy especially if you are going for it daily. Occasionally having smoked food might not harm anybody.

Both Smoked and Grilled food contain Carcinogens
Carcinogens are that content in our food and environment that are found responsible for causing cancer. Smoked and Grilled food are prepared using different methods of cooking, so both of them contain different types and level of carcinogens. Grilled food is put directly above the flames which created heterocyclic amines (HCA). HCA is a carcinogen and created when animal fat is directly by flames. HCA is not formed in smoked food as the temperature is quite low there. But smoked food is surrounded by wood smoke for most of the time, which contain other class of carcinogen called polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). PAH is formed when wood is burned. The level of these carcinogens in these food also depend on their making process. The level also depends on either its made commercially or at home.

Does liquid smoke also contain these Carcinogens ?
However liquid smoke is made by adding filtered smoke in water, but still some amount of PAH gets into it. The level of PAH differs from manufacturers to manufacturers. The liquid smoke flavor is used widely to make smoked food is lesser time. The food made by using liquid smoke is not put into smoke for days but the PAH level may still be the same as it is directly poured onto it in the form of liquid which can be easily absorbed by the food.

How bad are HCA and PAH?
However it is know that HCA and PAH are bad for human health, American Cancer Society is still unsure about the role of HCA and PAH in causing cancer in humans. National Cancer Institute (NCI) has revealed in some of its studies that PAH can cause pancreatic, colorectal and prostate cancers in animals. Our suggestion to the user is that occasionally having smoked food may not have any serious health concerns and your body may handle it, but don't go for it too much. Too much of anything is harmful, especially when you are ingesting some carcinogens with your food.

Smoked food can cause Breast Cancer
A study published in May 2007 in the journal "Epidemiology" found that smoked food increases the chances of breast cancer by 47% in postmenopausal women if they eat smoked or grilled meat at least once in a week.

Apart from the presence of carcinogens in smoked and grilled food, such food also contain higher amount of sodium and fat which is itself responsible lifestyle disease like hypertension and diabetes. 

Negative Calorie Foods List Free Complete PDF

There is an assumption by some food experts that some foods consume more calories in their digestion than what they provide to our body. This assumption make them believe and say that these specific foods have negative calories. However there is no scientific evidence to support such assumption. But still these specific foods become an important part of diet-chart of those who want to lose some weight. Even if these negative calorie foods are not really negative, but still they provide very less amount of calories to our body and may be beneficial in weight-loss.

Negative Calorie Foods List

Here we are providing a list of so called Negative Calorie Foods with their calorie value.
FoodCalorie per 100g
Celery
16 - 18
Grapefruit
33 - 42
Lemon
29
Lime
30
Apple
48 - 56
Lettuce
14 - 17
Broccoli
28 - 35
Cabbage
23 - 27

Do Negative Calorie foods really help in Weight loss ?
Yes, they do. These negative calorie foods have very less calories, so they can easily satisfy your appetite without getting more calories into your body. Thus they help is reducing weight as advertised by most weight loss programs.

Do Chilled water have negative calories and it helps in losing weight?
The straight answer is NO. Some people try to be over intelligent by falling prey to this myth that Water has negative calories.
Myth : Water has zero calories. One you drink ice chilled water, our body rises its temperature by burning some fat calories, which helps in weight loss.
Truth: Our body burns just 10 calories in rising the temperature of 5-6 glasses of chilled water to make it equivalent to body temperature. In this way it would take a year to burn one pound of fat, which is a negligible amount if you really want to lose weight.
Side effects: Ice chilled water can do more harm to your throat. It can also make you sick if you do it in winters. Some people drink more water than required just to lose weight and fall prey to water intoxication, which can cause disturbance in brain functions.

Very soon betterhealthfacts.com will provide a free pdf to help you in weight loss. Most of the articles in that pdf will help you understand the basics of fat deposition in our body and you can reduce the extra fat.

If you want to add a few more foods in the negative calorie foods list provided above, then tell us the names of those foods in the comments section. We will try to add them in the list provided above.

How to Boil Eggs Perfectly without Cracking

A number of people struggle to boil eggs perfectly. Sometimes they remain half-boiled and sometimes they are over boiled and cracks appear in it. Is there a perfect method to boil eggs without cracking it ? Yes there is a method, and we will explain it to you so that you can make hard boiled eggs without making it crack.

Follow the following tips to boil eggs perfectly:



  • Never use fresh eggs to boil. Buy eggs and keep them in fridge for 7 to days and them use them for boiling.
  • While boiling eggs use only a single layer of eggs in pan. More than one layer can make them crack. Cover them with one inch water.
  • Let the water boil and then switch off the heat. Cover the Pan an leave it for few minutes. Time to leave the eggs in this condition depends on their size.
Extra Large Eggs: 15 Min
Normal Eggs: 12 Min
Small Eggs: 09 Min
  • Now put these eggs in cold water for a minute. It will make it easier for you to remove the shell as due to cooling effect outer shell loses the internal part. You can also roll the egg between your hands to loose the shell.
  • If you want to store hard boiled eggs, then don't peel them. You can keep them in refrigerator for one week.
  • Once peeled, you should eat it on the same day.



Precaution: Never try to boil eggs inside microwave. It may make them explode due to steam produced inside the shell.