Death in the kitchen ~ Death is no longer a stranger to our 21st century Kitchen, what do the death of urban dwellers and rural dwellers have in common? Whether they know it or not, both have been affected by a powerful force – death in the kitchen.
Abundant evidence from experts and researchers indicates that, unhealthy eating among today’s generation is the leading cause of death in the country and other parts of the world compared to decades ago.
These deaths are as result of one or combination of agents I call the hidden killers’ which is related to many diseases known to man in our dot com era.
Autopsy results have mention diabetes, cardio-vascular diseases among other nutritional related diseases as the cause of death for years and we do nothing about the killers’ who leave families and friends to grief and pains.
Death in the kitchen ~ Who are these hidden killers?
Processed meat: contains various chemical compounds that are not naturally present in fresh meat. Many of these compounds are harmful to health.
For this reason, eating a lot of processed meat products for a long period (years or decades) may increase the risk of chronic disease, especially cancer.
Death in the kitchen ~ Sugar-sweetened drinks: a recent UCLA study found that a diet high in fructose slows the brain, hampering memory and learning.
Death in the kitchen ~ Artificial food seasonings: they add no nutritional value to our meal, expects advises against use of artificial food seasonings, as they often contain some questionable ingredients that can be harmful to the human health, when used over time.
Death in the kitchen ~ Infants’ formula: Babies who do not drink only their mother’s breast milk receive the most health risks, including asthma, diabetes, ear infections, eczema, obesity and respiratory tract infections. Breastfeeding lowers an infant’s risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and childhood leukemia (a cancer of the blood).
Highly processed carbohydrate: are often high in calories and contain solid fats and added sugars. It is recommended that you replace highly processed carbs with whole grain foods for improved health.
Saturated and trans fats: are solid at room temperature, because of this, they’re typically referred to as solid fats. They are thought to play a role in cardiovascular disease by clogging the artery walls.
Your shelf should be free from all kind of hidden killers who invites death in the kitchen, manufactures would like you to believe that their products are viable alternative for nutrition. If you are using any product with hidden killer, throw them away even if they are approved by the Food and Drug Authority.
You help them to get richer by buying their products and die early after consuming these products.
On the other hand, may be you would like to free yourself from death in the kitchen.
Admittedly, it can be difficult to overcome an agent of death in the kitchen.
A national health documentary in 1996, Britain, said 95% of who reported diabetic symptoms could overcome the symptoms if they adjusted their eating habits.
Whether nine or ninety, the only sure way for to overcome death in the kitchen for a long healthy life is to:
cut off infant formula for breasting; which provides the adequate nutrients a child needs especially in the first six months of life.
For good health and wellbeing, our shelf’s should consider staples ( roots, tubers, whole grains) to highly processed carbs – it increases nutrient value plus fibers needed as roughage, natural food spices (like ginger, prekese, garlic, dawadawa) which provide only good aroma but prevents diseases. Nutrition expects recommend the intake of fruits juice to sugar-sweetened drinks.
Our meal for each day, should contain staples, vitamin rich vegetables, legumes animal products (in moderation for non-vegetarians) and be prepared preferably by boiling, steaming or baking cutting down fries with two to three times serving of fruits.
Excess heat destroys minerals and vitamins in vegetables-never overcook them.
Having considered all we should eat or not, death in the kitchen is also in our attitude to food.
By Owurani Charles Oduro
Owurani Charles Oduro (Owura Charles) is a primary health nurse who assist clients/patients and or families to respond to issues relating to their health, to prevent diseases and keep hospital admission/readmission to minimum.
Before starting nursing, Owura Charles spent five years as a peer educator and community facilitator for several health organizations in the Akuapem North of the Eastern region.
He enjoys cooking, reading, and advocating for health.
Owura Charles is available for health education/promotion. You can reach him via
Phone: +233 50 398 412
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