7 Ways Your Kitchen is Killing You

by Brandon Mercury on October 3, 2011 · 0 comments

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Home Sweet Home – the place you can kick off your shoes and relax. It’s the one location where you can feel completely secure. But is your home really safe? As you unwind, potential health dangers may be lurking in your kitchen, ready to strike.  Here’s what you need to know about the 7 hidden dangers in your kitchen and what you can do to survive the attack.

Threat #1: Your Kitchen Sponge

The kitchen sponge is the number one source of germs in your kitchen. Damp micro-crevices provide an excellent environment for germs that can be transferred to your hands then body.

What You Can Do:

The best way to clean a kitchen sponge is to wash it in the dishwasher or microwave it on high for one minute.

Threat #2: Microwaves

While the microwave may be a great tool for cleaning and disinfecting your kitchen sponge, it’s not without its dangers. Foods cooked in microwaves have been linked to stomach and intestinal cancerous growths, immune system deficiencies, and memory loss.

What You Can Do:

Use a conventional oven or toaster oven to reheat your food.

Threat #3: Household Cleaners

Over-the-counter household cleaners are loaded with harmful chemicals including carcinogens that cause cancer, neurotoxins that slow the neural activity in the brain, and endocrine disrupters that are linked to infertility, cancer, and ADHD.

What You Can Do:

Use homemade household cleaners or the “Get Clean” products endorsed by Oprah and Dr. Oz.

Threat #4: Your Salt and Pepper Shakers

These inconspicuous kitchen staples are breeding grounds for germs.

What You Can Do:

Regularly wipe down your salt and pepper shakers.

Threat #5: Tap Water

According to Environmental Protection Agency, only 91 of the 60,000 chemicals used in American tap water are regulated by the safe Drinking Water Act. Hundreds of the chemicals used in tap water are associated with cancer and other diseases. Independent research studies published in journals such as Environmental Health Perspectives and the American Journal of Public Health suggest that millions of people get sick every year from drinking contaminated water, with illnesses ranging from mildly upset stomachs to birth defects.

What You Can Do:

Use a home water filter.

Threat #6: High Fructose Corn Syrup

Despite what the ads say, our bodies don’t process high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and cane sugar the same way. HFCS is an industrial food product that’s absorbed by the body at a more rapid rate than regular sugar. Also, HFCS doesn’t stimulate insulin or leptin production, which prevents your body from recognizing that you are full. This leads to the consumption of too many calories.

What You Can Do:

Avoid or limit HFCS intake.

Threat #7: Partially Hydrogenated Oils

Partially hydrogenated oils (also known as trans fats) are considered to be the worst type of fat by many doctors. Trans fat are more difficult for the body to digest and increase cholesterol more than other types of fat.

What You Can Do:

Replace Partially Hydrogenated Oils with healthier options such as olive, peanut and coconut oil.


About the Author

Brandon Mercury is a writer for InGoodMeasure.net. He grew up on the beaches of the Deep South before moving to the mountain tops of Salt Lake City. He focuses his writing on home improvement and interior design topics. Brandon is an avid football and basketball fan. You can find Brandon on Google+