Most persons especially Nigerian restaurants these days use paracetamol to cook their meat and “pommo” in order to make it soft or “don” on time. this is totally wrong and dangerous to people’s health.
Also using baking soda or alum or potash to cook beans or “ewa” to make it soft on time us also totally wrong.
The reason is simple, not only that these chemicals damage the nutrients in our food, they are also totally not good for our health. Paracetamol, potash, baking soda, alum etc are all chemicals and are dangerous to our health, under high temperature when cooking these substances can change to deadly chemicals that can cause serious health damage especially to the kidney. Also constantly taking these chemicals might cause cancer in the body.
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Safe food preparation
Foodborne illnesses don’t just come from restaurants. In fact, they usually come from bad food preparation, serving, and storage at home. Follow the guidelines below to keep your food as safe as possible:
using hot, soapy water. Wash your hands before and after you handle food or utensils, especially raw meat, poultry, fish, or eggs.
- Wash all fruits and vegetables before eating.
- Separate raw, cooked, and ready-to-eat foods. Keep raw meat, poultry, fish, or eggs away from other foods to prevent cross-contamination. If possible, use separate cutting boards for these foods. If not, be sure to wash cutting boards carefully with soap between uses.
- Cook foods to a safe temperature using a food thermometer. Uncooked or undercooked animal products can be unsafe.
- Keep hot foods hot (above 140 degrees) and cold foods cold (below 40 degrees) to prevent bacteria growth. Refrigerate foods within two hours of purchase or preparation (one hour if the temperature is higher than 90 degrees).
- When in doubt, throw it out. If you are not sure that food has been prepared, served, or stored properly, throw it out. If food has been left out for more than two hours, throw it out. Eat cooked leftovers within four days.