Thaw Meat in Your Refrigerator

meatMany of us buy meat and freeze it at home in an effort to save trips to the grocery store. While this method is convenient, it’s also potentially dangerous should you choose to thaw your meat at room temperature. Prevent bacteria from growing on defrosting meat by always thawing it safely in your refrigerator.*

When thawing meat, reduce the risk of contamination by keeping it in its original casing and setting it on a washable plate or in a separate bowl. After removing the meat from your fridge, be sure to disinfect the shelf it thawed on as an extra precaution.

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Stop Consuming Processed Foods

747Throughout America, food additives such as flavorings and preservatives are being added to processed foods. Alarmingly, a lot of these additives (brominated vegetable oil and brominated flour, food dyes, even arsenic) are banned outside of the U.S. What is scary is that we are not completely sure how these additives will affect our health in the long run. Studies are already showing that certain additives can cause diarrhea, headaches and nausea. Research also points to damaged nerve cells caused by the mixing of these man-made additives.*

Protect yourself from additives and stop consuming processed foods. Buying organic can be expensive so make your purchases last by properly storing your food (in freezer bags or by canning). You can also try your local farmer’s market or even grow your own garden.

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Dr. Kim

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