5 Ways to fatproof your fridge

Each home in the country mostly have refrigerators at home as we use it keep food cold, preserve them and keeping them away from bacterial growth to keep them safe until we eat them. If you think about it, living without appliances like this can be very difficult but refrigerators are not always just good. There are actually disadvantages out from owning one.

You develop the habit of eating stale food. Surveys showed that the tendency to eat stale food increased by over 45% among people who previously only preferred fresh food due to health concerns.

Most of us would think that it would be better to have those problems than have no refrigerator at all but there are facts you should know and take into consideration about them. One of the biggest disadvantages that this appliance can give you is the cost of keeping it on. It takes of about one-sixth of the electricity that you use at home along with the freezer and it was even worse that this when our parents we’re still starting to use the earlier models of this. Now, refrigerators use only 60 percent less power than what they use to back then. But still, it is one the maximum consumer of electricity at homes today.

One of the disadvantages of refrigerators is that they are environmentally unfriendly and dangerous if not disposed of properly. If doors are not removed from old refrigerators with locking doors, they pose a hazard to children who may get trapped inside. The refrigerator also contains refrigerant that can be damaging to the environment because of chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) content. This material should be recycled. Otherwise the CFCs can escape into the air. This material is suspected to be the cause of depletion of the earth’s ozone layer.

Rust residues on food is danger for the health, especially children who hurriedly open refrigerator and pounce on edibles to eat without checking the food.

Though most the of material is hard plastic inside fridge still, it is advisable to use utensils which are stainless when you keep food in the fridge.

Fatproof your fridge in simple ways

Here are some tips that will help you in leading a healthy and safe for your and your family.

Fat types

All the same,  you should not cut out all fats from your diet. There are good fats and there are bad fats. It is important to include the good fats in your diet to keep your body working. Good fats make  the transport of nutrients such as vitamin A, D and E easier and they also help keep hunger pangs at bay.

Butter and animal fats are saturated fats and should be eaten sparingly. Margarine is a man-made fat and is known as trans fats. Trans fats are hydrogenated vegetable fats and are really not good for your health so you need to restrict their intake as much as possible.

So what can you do tho ensure you do not consume too much fat? The answer is to control your environment. If you do not have a cupboard stuffed to the brim with biscuits, chocolates and crisps, you will not be able to snack on them if you sit in front of the TV or if you are bored. Control your weight and keep it at a healthy level by simply organising your grocery cupboard and fridge.

1. Change to low-fat versions

Mayonnaise and cheese are extremely high in fat.  Search the cheese department for low-fat versions of your favourite cheese or change to low-fat cottage cheese or ricotta,  drink skimmed milk or if you cannot find that, low fat milk. Don’t think that home-made mayonnaise is better than the shop-bought version, you will waste your time making it and just add more fat to your diet. Rather buy a low-fat version.

2.  Read labels

Trans fats can be found in many food products like margarines, biscuits, snack foods, frozen meals and even some cereals. The trans fats are normally listed as ‘partially hydrogenated vegetable oils’. Avoid these products as far as possible as trans fats raise blood cholesterol levels and can increase the risk of type II diabetes. ‘Lite’ or ‘low fat’ can still be dangerous for your health. Even 10% fat means you are taking in quite a lot of fat.

3.  Include more fish in your diet

Oily fish like salmon, mackerel, herring and anchovies in oil supply essential fatty acids (EFA’s) which play a role in prevention and management of many diseases. These EFA’s are vital for your overal good health. They lower cholesterol and can also play a role in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Include more fish in your diet

4.   Make your meals tasty

Add salsas, freshly grated Parmesan cheese and fresh herbs to your meals.

5. Stock up on sensible snacks

Fresh fruit, wholewheat crackers, crispbreads, nuts, dates and raw vegetables are healthier choices and it won’t take long for your taste buds to adapt to new habits. Simply replace all the bad snacks in your cupboard and fridge with healthier choices and you will soon see a difference in your eating habits.

Make healthy snacking a part of your over all eating plan but do not get obsessive with kilojoule counting as this can become counterproductive to weight loss. You do not want to focus on food all day long. If you do eat a chocolate or a packet of crisps once in a while, don’t feel guilty about it, just accept it and eat healthy snacks again.

Stock up on sensible snacks and nuts

Water does not contain kilojoules or fats, so it is one of the best choices to include in your new snacking regime. Our bodies confuse thirst and hunger, so if you drink a glass of water when you think you are hungry you can actually remove hunger pangs if it’s fluid your body needs.

Most important, do not forget the thoroughly clean the fridge (externally/internally) at least once a month including its freezing compartment. Switch off the fridge, if you reside in areas where voltage fluctuation or earthing is a major problem. This may protect you from shock.

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