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Is It Bad to Reuse Cooking Oil?

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Lots of people frown upon reusing cooking oil. However, many are secretly doing it. Who has the heart to throw away expensive oil that looks like it’s perfectly fine for a few more uses anyway?

Actually, there is no written rule when it comes to the number of times that cooking oil can be reused. However, there are a few guidelines that you may use in determining whether or not cooking oil used before can be used once again — this article will get you introduced to some of those that really matter.

Got family members and friends who like spending much of their time in the kitchen frying crispy and delectable treats just like you? Make sure that you repost this article after checking out its entirety.

 

Oil’s Not Cheap

Everyone knows that frying is unhealthy. Well, it all depends on which type of oil you use for frying — these days, more and more people are discovering the health perks of using healthy plant-based oils for their frying needs.

Unfortunately, cooking oils that are good for you tend to carry steeper price tags than cooking oils that can clog your arteries and expand your waistline.

Among health-conscious individuals, peanut oil is the leading choice for frying — it’s healthy and it has a very high smoke point which means that it won’t burn that easily, thus making it the ultimate frying oil. (Olive oil is not good for frying because it has a low smoke point and is quite expensive, too.)

Because of the cost, it can be very disheartening most especially for budget-conscious individuals to throw away healthy plant-based cooking oils after just a couple of uses.

Trust Your Eyes and Nose

It’s no secret that burnt food is regarded as a carcinogen — something that can increase your risk of suffering from cancer. This is the reason why many are wary of reusing their cooking oils. Also, scientists say that reusing cooking oils can increase free radicals that are also linked to cancer formation.

But before the time comes when used cooking oils are already teeming with cancer-causing free radicals, it’s for certain that you will be enticed to throw it away because of the unusual color and also smell.

This is why it’s a good idea for you to rely on your senses in determining whether or not it’s okay for you to reuse cooking oil — throw it away if it no longer looks and smells like it is fit for frying.

Used cooking oil that is better flushed down the drain rather than placed back in the frying pan looks a lot darker than its original color, and also it’s not unlikely for some really questionable-looking stuff to be on the surface or at the bottom. Further, it’s no longer suited for cooking if it already smells rancid.

Here’s What You Can Do

Most especially if you are using plant-based cooking oil such as peanut oil, they you’re well aware of the fact that it doesn’t come cheap — getting rid of it after using it once or twice can be hard to stomach.

The good news is you don’t really have to throw away cooking oil that’s completely fine to be used for a few more times in the near future.

Once used cooking oil is already at room temperature, remove large pieces of food. Afterwards, strain using a couple of layers of cheesecloth before storing it. Don’t forget to stash used cooking oil in a cool and dry place in your kitchen. Refrain from placing used cooking oil back in its original container together with unused portions.

And by the way, never fry with used cooking oil that’s more than 1 to 2 months old even if it looks and smells like it’s never been used before.


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Reasons Why You Should Start Your Day With Ginger

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Ginger is often used to add extra flavour to your tea. Ayurveda advises using ginger for various medicinal purposes. It has a strong taste and aroma which makes it can an appropriate element for your cup of tea. But you can add a change to your morning by adding ginger to it. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and something like ginger which is loaded with health benefits can make your breakfast healthier. Adding it your tea is the easiest way to consume ginger but you can also try other methods to consume ginger as well. Here are 5 reasons why you should add ginger to your morning routine.

Health benefits of ginger

  1. Aids in weight loss

Ginger can help you control your appetite. If you consume ginger every morning you will experience reduced urge to eat. The best way to consume ginger for weight loss is ginger water. To male ginger water, you need to boil cups of water first. Then add at least two slices of ginger to it. Boil it for some time and later strain the mixture. You can drink it both hot and cold according to your preference. Consumption of ginger water every morning will regulate blood sugar levels as well.

 
  1. Better hair and skin health

Regular consumption of ginger water every morning can help you achieve flawless hair and skin. Ditch all the chemical loaded products for skin and hair and switch to ginger. The antioxidants and the vitamins present in ginger are beneficial for both hair and skin. It will also ensure better protection against skin infections and diseases.

  1. Improves gut health

You can say goodbye to all your digestive disorders with ginger. Adding ginger to your breakfast will give you a strong digestive system. It will give you relief from indigestion, nausea and heartburn. You can prepare ginger water for better digestion as well. To enhance its taste and benefits simply add mint, lemon juice and one teaspoon honey to it.

  1. Reduces inflammation

Ginger is popularly known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Staring your day with ginger regularly will result in reduces inflammation for long term. Arthritis patients can add ginger to their breakfast without giving a second thought. You will also notice relief from other body pains and swelling.

  1. Better cholesterol levels

Ginger can manage your cholesterol levels as well. Increase in bad cholesterol can trigger the risk of various chronic diseases. It is extremely bad for your heart health. You can reduce your LDL (bad cholesterol) levels with ginger.

You can experiment various methods to use ginger in the morning. You can prepare ginger tea, ginger jam, ginger smoothie or can simply add it to your soup.

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Testosterone replacement therapy can rise stroke risk in men

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Aging men with low testosterone levels who take testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) are at a greater risk of experiencing an ischemic stroke or a cardiac arrest, especially during the first two years of use, warn researchers.

Published in The American Journal of Medicine, the findings confirm concerns voiced by many health agencies about the potential risks associated with the treatment.

“Our findings show that the use of TRT was associated with an increased risk of stroke, transient ischemic attack or cardiac arrest during the first two years of use,” said Christel Renoux of McGill University in Canada.

 

According to researchers, there is a limited evidence on the long-term clinical benefits of TRT to effectively treat the modestly declining levels of endogenous testosterone levels of aging but healthy men.

“We strongly recommend that clinicians proceed with caution when considering prescribing TRT and first discuss both the potential benefits and risks with patients,” Renoux said.

The study analysed a large database of electronic medical records of patients enrolled in primary care practices in the UK and formed a cohort of 15,401 men, aged 45 years or older, with low testosterone levels (hypogonadism).

Users of TRT had a 21% greater risk of cardiovascular events compared with non-users, corresponding to an additional 128 events.

The increased risk appears to be transient, declining after two years of TRT use, which the investigators attribute to a phenomenon called “depletion of susceptible.”

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High intensity interval training can improve health

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An international research team has now found that bringing the science of high intensity interval training (HIIT) into everyday life could be the key to helping unfit, overweight people get more of the exercise they need to improve their health.

According to experts, from washing the car to climbing stairs or carrying groceries, each of these activities is an opportunity for short sharp bursts of ‘High Intensity Incidental Physical Activity’, HIIPA for short.

Speaking about it, study author Emmanuel Stamatakis said, “Regular incidental activity that gets you huffing and puffing even for a few seconds has great promise for health.”

 

In a study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Stamatakis and colleagues argue that when considering differences in physical capabilities by age, sex and weight, many daily tasks can be classified as ‘high intensity’ physical activity. That is, the kind of activity that gets you out of breath enough to boost your fitness.

According to them, including these kinds of activities into routines a few times a day will see significant health benefits for the majority of adults.

Professor Stamatakis added, “There is a lot of research telling us that any type of HIIT, irrespective of the duration and number of repetitions is one of the most effective ways to rapidly improve fitness and cardiovascular health and HIIPA works on the same idea.”

According to study authors the time commitment for HIIPA is close to zero minutes per day, and people could save even more time if their HIIPA involves brief walking sprints, or taking the stairs instead of waiting for the lift. Furthermore, other practical advantages are nil costs, no need for equipment and no concerns about a lack of skill or fitness.

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