Eight Kitchen Mistakes That Will Sooner Or Later Cause Irreversible Harm To Your Health

Date April 26, 2019

It is a common knowledge that some items in our kitchen, for example, a cutting board - are in many cases dirtier than the toilet seat. However, there are other things and habits related to cooking and storing that can cause serious harm to our health. Today, we will tell you about eight common mistakes many of us make in the kitchen.

1. Storing milk in a wrong place

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Any dairy products - sour cream, buttermilk, yogurt - should be stored on the refrigerator shelf. That is the place where the temperature is lower than on the refrigerator door. Ironically, most of us are used to keep the milk products exactly there and couldn’t suppose why the diary expires earlier than it should.

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2. Eating on the couch

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Probably, many of us like to sit comfortably on the sofa with a plate of favorite food and watch a movie while having dinner. Regardless of how pleasant it may sound, this habit can lead to chronic heartburn. If the body’s position is wrong, the food, along with the gastric juice, gets back into the esophagus, causing a burning sensation.

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To prevent this, we recommend you to stay in the upright position after eating for at least an hour and refuse from lifting heavy weights and leaning forward.

3. Cooling the food for a long time before putting it in the refrigerator

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We don’t recommend you to leave the cooked food on the table or off the plate for more than 1-2 hours. At the temperatures of 40 to 140°F, dangerous bacteria multiply rapidly, causing serious damage to your health and well-being. Cool food should only be stored in the refrigerator. We advise you to put it in a sealed container. Apart from that, during your picnic trips, don’t forget to put all perishable food in a refrigerator bag.

4. Failing to renew sponges for washing dishes timely

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The results of the research showed the kitchen sponge is the dirtiest thing in your home. This habitual utility for washing dishes contains a huge number of pathogenic bacteria, in particular, salmonella and Escherichia coli.

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The most effective way to protect yourself is to wet your sponge and send it to the microwave for a minute after each use. Electromagnetic radiation exposure significantly reduces bacterial contamination. However, this method is suitable for products not containing metallic or plastic inserts. In addition, the sponge should be changed every seven days.

5. Trying food to check if it is expired

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Different products have different storage times. Often, to check if the food has expired, we focus on the smell, taste and its appearance. However, in this way it is impossible to determine the presence of harmful bacteria in it.

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Do not risk your health - if the freshness of food causes you to doubt, it is better to throw everything away. Even a small amount of spoiled food can provoke serious poisoning.

6. Improper bread storing

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Another common mistake. Bread should be stored in a cool, dry place, preferably, refrigerator. However, make sure it is well packed so that it does not absorb the smells of other products.

7. Washing vegetables and fruits, without nearest consumption plans

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After placing the products in a refrigerator, the mold can occupy their surface with time. That is why fruits and vegetables should be washed immediately before preparation. Mushrooms are the exception – with the porous structure they absorb moisture, like a sponge. However, after washing, it is important to dry them with a paper towel.

8. Overcooking pasta

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Despite the fact most chefs strongly recommend preparing pasta to the “al dente” state, many still prefer boiling it until it gets visibly soft. However, overcooked dishes have a higher glycemic index, contributing to increased blood sugar levels. This can lead to excess pounds and have a negative impact on the diabetics’ health.

In order to take care of your well-being, try not to make the above-mentioned kitchen mistakes. Also, remember to share this helpful information with your beloved ones to make sure you care about them similarly to the way to think about yourself.

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This material is provided for informational purposes only. Some of the products and items discussed in this article may cause an allergic reaction and damage your health. Before use, consult a certified technician/specialist. The editorial board is not responsible for any harm or other consequences that may be caused by the use of the methods, products or items described in this article.