5 Food Rules You Have To Break

 

5 Food Rules You Have to Break

 

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We all have food rules that we follow. Many we picked up from family, friends and even the media.

Sometimes the information is incorrect but without researching it we don’t know that.

Here are 5 food rules you have to break.

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1. Order from a Diet-Friendly Menu

Due to the fact more and more people are wanting to eat “healthy”, marketers are trying to make a huge amount of money from these people. A lot of Fat-Free or Reduced Fat products in restaurants and big chains aren’t always the best choice for you. Sometimes these products contain more sugar than other products that are not listed as Fat-Free.

How do you avoid this?: A lot of big chains now have nutritional menus available if you ask or it is available online. If you go to a Mom & Pop style restaurant then learn to pick items on the menu to suit what you are looking for in a meal.

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2.  Bring Butter and Eggs to Room Temperature before Baking

I have read this countless times on a baking recipe. I could see if you are making something that would require it but basic baking like cake, it really doesn’t matter. I have never had a recipe go poorly because I didn’t follow this part. Now if I was making a Lemon Meringue pie, I would. But that would probably be the only reason.

Bottom line: Beat it with an electric mixer in the batter and it will warm up. Easy as pie!

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3. Wash Your Chicken Before Cooking.

Honestly, don’t do this, no matter what anyone tells you. By washing the chicken in the sink you are spreading micro-organisms and pathogens in your sink. If you wash say, lettuce, in the same sink it could cross contaminate your lettuce and make you and your family very sick. The oven will kill anything on the chicken as long as the internal temperature is 180 oF.

How do you avoid this?: Simple, cook the chicken and do not wash it beforehand and you will be fine. Plus why wash it down and risk the loss of flavour?

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4.Sweet Potatoes are better than White Potatoes.

Both types of potatoes have different nutritional benefits. Sweet potatoes have more fiber and vitamin A but white potatoes are higher in essential vitamins. such as iron, magnesium and potassium. Sweet potatoes are lower on the glycemic index but a baked white potato with cheese, butter and sour cream which contains fat will also lower the glycemic index*.

The Bottom Line: Doesn’t matter which potato you eat for a meal. It still has good benefits. (unless that potato comes in the form of a chip.)

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5.Only Flip Once When You Grill. 

Even though avid grillers, say only flip once. That’s a myth. You can flip as often as you wish.  Especially with steaks and pork chops.  You will create an all over browning and it build up a flavourful crust.

Bottom Line: Flip your food on the grill as much as you like!

** Glycemic Index Defined** 

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2 Comments

  1. Crystal E.
    November 19, 2015 / 12:33 pm
    I usually never bring my eggs to room temp before cooking! If I need softened butter, I just microwave for 10-15 seconds, and it's good to go!
    • November 19, 2015 / 2:10 pm
      I do the same. I also sub oil for melted butter. Seems to work better without the oil taste.

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