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7 Deadly Mistakes in Cooking

Learning to Cook is a life long adventure. Even the most experienced Cooks make mistakes and here we are highlighting 7 Deadly Mistakes you can make while Cooking.

The Pans

  • Non Stick Pans – Cookware can pose hidden dangers. The fumes from overheated nonstick pots and pans can make people sick with a condition called polymer fume fever. Symptoms are chills, fever, headache, and nausea. Teflon cookware can emit a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which has been linked to cancer and reproductive problems. Opt for stainless steel cookware or cast iron.
  • Aluminum Foil – It may be easy to grab that aluminum foil for a braise but aluminum can cause degeneration of nervous system tissue. It is possible that exposure to aluminum could lead to an increased risk of certain cancers, brain plaques, or Alzheimer’s Disease. Alum from natural sources may contain impurities, including toxic metals such as chromium. If you simply must use aluminum, wrap in plastic wrap first so it doesn’t touch your food.

The Water

  • Tap Water – using tap water to boil seems like a natural thing. Wrong. You may think boiling rids water of its contaminants. if you were in the jungle, that would be correct but no amount of boiling will rid you of the chemicals they now add to your tap water. Use filter, purified or spring water instead.


  • Aspartame – Aspartame is an artificial non-saccharide sweetener 200 times sweeter than sucrose, and is commonly used as a sugar substitute in foods and beverages. It is a methyl ester of the aspartic acid/phenylalanine dipeptide with the trade names, NutraSweet, Equal, and Canderel. Although long term studies are unconclusive about Cancer causing properties in Aspartame – too much sugar of any kind is detimental to one’s health, so just stay away!
  • Nitrates – Nitrate is a polyatomic ion with the molecular formula NO⁻₃. Organic compounds that contain the nitrate ester as a functional group are also called nitrates. Nitrates are common components of fertilizers and explosives. Almost all nitrate salts are soluble in water. A common example of an inorganic nitrate salt is potassium nitrate. So, the next time you reach for that sausage or kielbasa – check the label. No nitrate variety’s are available.
  • GMO – A genetically modified organism (GMO) is any organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. Most GMOs are a direct extension of chemical agriculture and are developed and sold by the world’s largest chemical companies. The longterm impacts of these GMOs are unknown. Once released into the environment, these novel organisms cannot be recalled.
  • Corn Syrup -Corn syrup is a food syrup which is made from the starch of corn and contains varying amounts of maltose and higher oligosaccharides, depending on the grade. Corn syrup, also known as glucose syrup to confectioners, is used in foods to soften texture, add volume, prevent crystallization of sugar, and enhance flavor. Corn syrup is distinct from high-fructose corn syrup, which is manufactured from corn syrup by converting a large proportion of its glucose into fructose using the enzyme D-xylose isomerase, thus producing a sweeter compound due to higher levels of fructose. Over the past few decades, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has become affordable and widely available. Experts now attribute its excessive intake to many serious health issues, including obesity, insulin resistance, and metabolic syndrome, among others. Avoiding high-fructose corn syrup — and added sugar in general — may be one of the most effective ways to improve your health and lower your risk of disease.

Stick to old fashioned ingredients that are wholesome and fortifying.


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