24 October 2016Last updated

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Ask the expert: how can I improve my family’s health?

Refrain from opting for gimmicks like low-fat, fat-free butter, etc

20 Sep 2016 | 03:08 pm

Can you suggest three important – and easy – changes I can make in my kitchen to improve my family’s health and well-being?

1. Switch to using a better-quality oil for cooking. We generally use cheap vegetable oils. These are ripped off of nutrients and have a low smoke point. When you subject them to higher temperatures, the quality of fat changes and it actually converts to trans fat, which cause cardiovascular issues. Use coconut oil, ghee or butter for cooking. Refrain from opting for gimmicks like low-fat, fat-free butter, etc. These are loaded with chemicals that your liver cannot process.

2. Switch to using Himalayan pink salt instead of refined salt. This salt has a full range of electrolytes, just the way nature intended it to be – it hydrates, creates electrolyte balance and nourishes us. Refined salt, on the other hand, wrecks your lymphatic system since it is high in toxins and it is treated so it loses a lot of its natural mineral content.

3. Stop using microwaves so extensively. When you heat food in plastic containers, the rays create oestrogen-mimicking particles in your food. This, in my opinion, is one of the leading causes of the rise in hormonal imbalances in women.

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Rashi Chowdhary

is a nutritionist, an inch-loss expert and a certified diabetic educator. She can be contacted on 050 181 5030.