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This is The Amount of This Food You Should Be Eating

The latest CDC statistics on Cardiovascular disease are rather grim; With an alarming number of approximately 659,000 people dying each year in the US alone, CVD is not to be taken lightly. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death not only in the US, but also worldwide. Previous studies have shown that eating more seafood was associated with a reduction in all causes and CVD-related mortality. Seafood is known to contain the following: heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fats Iron Iodine (during pregnancy) Choline Based on information published by the FDA, Choline, for example, supports the development of the baby’s spinal cord. The iron and zinc found in fish help to support children’s immune systems. Protein, vitamin B12, vitamin D, and selenium are also other sources of nutrients derived from fish. Nonetheless, many people choose to limit their seafood consumption because of fear of mercury exposure from seafood. Most Common Way People Are Exposed to M

Cooking Terms You Should Know - Common Terminologies Used

There are several common terms often used in cooking. The goal of this post is to  provide you with a few of these terms along with their definitions:  Smoking Smoking is cooking food indirectly in the presence of a fire. This is done much more slowly than grilling. Meats that are less tender benefit more from this method. Below are two different ways you can smoke meats: Smoking can be done in a covered grill with a pan of water placed beneath the meat or poultry on the grill. This method allows a natural smoke flavor to permeate the meat. You may use a "smoker," which is an outdoor cooker especially designed for smoking foods. The temperature in the smoker should be kept at 250 to 300 °F for safety.  Pit Roasting  This is a technique used to cook meat in a large, level hole dug in the earth.  First, a hardwood fire is built in the pit, with wood about 2½ times the volume of the pit. The fire is then allowed to burn until it reduces to burning coals that u

How to Prepare Healthier Meals

In order for anyone to prepare healthy meals they have to first know what are some healthy foods, where and how to shop for healthy foods, then finally, how to prepare healthy foods. The reason for saying this is simply because even though you might purchase the healthiest food items, such as a potato, it can be made unhealthy after it has been baked, by adding things to it, such as sour cream, butter etc. How to Shop Healthier Have you ever taken the time to look at the way food items are usually arranged in most supermarkets? If you haven’t, this is how they are arranged most of the times:- When you enter a supermarket, the first thing you will notice is that there are several rows of canned, frozen, and packaged goods. These products are usually stocked in the center of the store. What you will find along the walls are foods that have not been highly processed such as meats, poultry, and fish; vegetables and fruits; and milk and dairy products.  Today, more and more su

Grilling Meat Over Flame – How Safe is it?

The Truth About Grilling In the U.S., grilling is one popular method of preparing food, especially meat, during the summertime. In fact, today, there is hardly a home without a grill or two. However, grilling over a high open flame for too long allegedly increases the risk of cancer. Why Grilling Might be Unsafe According to some researchers, there may be a cancer risk related to consuming food cooked by high-heat source techniques --- such as pan-frying or grilling directly over an open flame --- for too long (especially above 300 °F). They believe chemicals formed when amino acids (the building blocks of proteins), sugars, and creatine (a substance found in muscle meat) react at high temperatures; these chemicals then drip on the charcoal, causing a flare-up of flames. These flames containing these chemicals then adhere to the surface of the meat.   How to Play it Safe Based on present research, eating moderate amounts of grilled meats, for example, fish, meat, and poult


Welcome to Our Kitchen Lab, a community blog where everyone can share, learn or explore new ideas relating to cooking. The focus is not primarily on recipes; we will also be discussing the following:- Great fresh herbs and spices to use in cooking How to prepare herbs and spices and apply them to food for optimal flavor The health benefits of consuming most herbs used for cooking Some food additives that you should try to avoid or use minimally Shopping for cookware sets and utensils - A beginner's guide Tips for beginners or the less seasoned cooks Basic measurements and calculations for beginners  Common food-related illness and precautions Danger of grilling Cancer prevention through the right RDA of foods Methods of food preparation Important and critical research findings How to shop healthier How to prepare more nutritious foods Common food terminologies and definitions and more As always, my motto is this:- If We Could Help Somebody As We Travel Along