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Is It Safe To Cook Raw Meat And Vegetables Together In The Same Pan
If you cook it: It is common and safe if you actually cook the raw meat. You can use a wok and call it stir fry. Where you can get in trouble is cutting raw meat on a cutting board, then cutting vegetables on the same board without thoroughly cleaning it and serving those veggies raw or in a salad. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Raw Food: I think that medicine may be neutral about this. As long as the vegetables are cleaned properly there would be no health concerns. We eat raw vegetables all the time in salads and such. ...Read more
Okay to put frozen vegetables in the boiling water with pasta at the BEGINNING and cook with pasta or will that destroy all the veggies nutrients?
I add a chopped banana to oatmeal & cook. Cooking dissolves it in oatmeal.Will nutrition of the dissolved banana be the same as in raw banana or less?
It is a great way to: Get them into your diet. Use of either a whole fruit juicer or a juice extractor is very healthy for use with fresh fruits & vegetables. Yes, serving size is the same - but be aware that in many cases you will add water, so that it isn't quite so concenctrated. Also be aware that if you use an extractor that you will be removing benefits of fiber. Use of juicing helps to release enzymes. Ensure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is e. Coli in all the meats at the grocery store, and everything must be cooked? Is anything still safe cooked rare?
Cook: You should cook it well.Get a more detailed answer ›
Is it hard for the body to digest raw food such as salads in comparison to steamed or boiled veggies ? What you suggest?
Both are fine: Our bodies were designed to be able to get nutrition from food even before we learned to cook. Life's already difficult enough without people making problems for folks who've discovered how much fun it is to eat their vegetables raw. Truth be told, i'm glad you're neither living entirely on vegetables, or ignoring their goodness like so many folks do today. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cook your eggs: There are three good reasons to cook your eggs: 1) raw egg white contains a protein called avidin that binds a vitamin called biotin and can make you deficient in that vitamin if you drink it too often 2) eggs may be contaminated with staph, salmonella or other germs that can make you sick--these are killed by cooking 3) eggs can transmit viruses like the bird flu which can be killed by cooking. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is Flaxseed good for daily consumption? What is the correct quantity? Should I consume them in the raw form?
Flax is terrific: Flax is a terrific food. It is a source of high quality protein, polyphenol micronutrients, dietary fiber, manganese, vitamin B1, and the essential fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, also known as ALA or omega-3. Flax eaten whole will not be digested or absorbed. It must be ground. It may then be consumed raw or cooked. It is best added to muffins, oatmeal, breads you bake, etc. Store in freezer. ...Read more
My girlfriend cooked spaghetti in a non stick pot and stored it in the fridge in the same pot. Is the food safe to eat? It was stored for a day
Should be, however: There are hazards from breathing fumes from Teflon when the pot is heated to high temperatures so I personally avoid using those products. But the main danger is while they are at high temperature; storing the food in that pot should not present additional hazards. See http://www.ewg.org/research/healthy-home-tips/tip-6-skip-non-stick-avoid-dangers-teflon for more information. ...Read more
Is it safe to crush prenatal vitamins and put them in my food? The pill is too big to swallow whole
Yes: That will be absolutely fine to get your daily dose of vitamins. Best wishes Dr M ...Read more
Friend says any food with eggs must not be stored in fridge and eaten the next day even microwave because bacteria invades eggs the fastest, is it true?
Eat this not that: http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/basics/mistakes/index.html Also check the book Eat This Not That. ...Read more
Short answer, yes: Oat grains are de-husked, then heated and cooled to make oat groat--the most "raw" form you can buy. Groats are then rolled by machine or cut (steel cut). Rolled oats are okay to eat raw--they have been minimally processed making them more digestible. That being said, rolled oats eaten without further cooking will taste "green" and have a grittier chewing texture. They are healthy as are cooked. ...Read more
What is the healthiest daily diet in regards to portions? (in other words, should I eat big breakfasts and small dinners or vice versa?)
Big breakfasts: The latest research out of israel shows that when total calories are kept the same, it is better to shift more of the calories consumed to breakfast, which can include both proteins and carbohydrates. Another recent study showed it is better to eat more earlier than later so breakfast would seem to win. ...Read more
Should vegetables that are suppose to be cooked in boiling water be cooked in plain boiling water without all the seasonings in order to cut fat?
No: Seasonings generally should not contain fat, though if they are in a packet with oil then adding that to the water might add a tiny amount of fat- but most of that fat will stay in the water and not get onto the veggies. Cutting fat is not always needed- many fats (olive oil, coconut oil, flax oil etc.) are good for us. Avoid trans fats and most vegetable oils (corn, soy, canola etc.). ...Read more
Hi doctors. I have high cholesterol. Is it safe to eat canned sardines? And is the cholesterol in canned sardines the good kind or the bad kind? Thank
Sardines: Sardines are rich in omega-3 fatty acids unsaturated fat eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). it can help increase HDL levels and decrease triglyceride levels 3-ounce serving of sardines provides .45 grams of EPA and .74 grams of DHA, ostensibly good quality canned sardines should have same nutritional characteristics ...Read more
Is it ok to drink homemade raw veggie smoothies in addition to meals when pregnant or are raw veggies unsafe? How can I make it safer to drink?
Very safe: You can't get much healthier than raw veggies! Keep it up! ...Read more