Be Safe When Preparing Food

Posted: Monday, October 26, 2015

Be Safe When Preparing Food

Preparing a meal for a family can be difficult. Planning, buying ingredients, prepping food and cooking takes time and effort. It seems that anything that saves time is a bonus. One corner that shouldn’t be cut, though, is safety. Chop vegetables carefully. Clean all surfaces after transferring foods. Heat the ingredients to a safe temperature to ensure it is thoroughly cooked. Don’t heat the ingredients too high on your non-stick pan.

Why should it be important to find out what temperature the burner reaches? According to Melissa Kempf’s website article entitled “A Few Wellness Doctors In San Antonio Say Get Rid Of The Non-Stick Cookware!”, non-stick pans release toxins into foods when it reaches temperatures above “low”. How toxic are they? Some of these toxins are labeled as likely to be carcinogenic to humans.

In order to save a little time, and of course to sell a product for profit, companies have given the people what they want. Non-stick pans are easier and faster to use and much easier to clean up, but they are not always safe. Only if consumers are aware of the risk will they be able to make decisions that affect them and their families. The warning must be available somewhere indicating the recommended safety temperatures that should be used. However, only rarely do recipes require only the low setting on a stove top. Yet, despite any kind of warning, people will still use non-stick pans above the recommended temperatures.

Of course, there are other pans that have problems as well. Copper and aluminum have been known to cause medical problems when it leaches into the food. This occurs when food is highly acidic, too.

The safest decision to make while cooking is to use appropriate tools. It would be nearly impossible to enjoy a meal if there was a safety threat. This threat would obviously take repeated encounters to be noticeable, but nonetheless it is still there. Kempf’s website declares stainless steel as the safest choice. Just be careful not to scour off the surface while cleaning the pans.

Humans were not meant to ingest copious amounts of metal, but with a little careful shopping for both the pans and the ingredients, the meal will be safer.

Dr. Kempf graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in Lubbock Texas and is a highly respected and well rounded doctor in San Antonio, Texas.