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Kitchen Safety Mini-Quiz

Are you a kitchen safety pro? Take a look at the statements below – are they true or false? Try to give the quiz a shot before looking at the answers below. You can write “T or F” for each number on a piece of paper and check your answers at the end! No scrolling down!

  1. Overcooking meat can contribute to kidney cancer.
  2. The ‘danger zone’ for food poisoning bacteria multiplication is 10˚F – 40˚
  3. Pre-cut fruits and veggies may harbour more bacteria than whole produce.
  4. You only have to wash your hands frequently when handling meat, not necessarily when handling produce.
  5. You have to smother a grease fire but an oil fire can be extinguished using liquid.



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  1. TRUE. When meat is cooked too long at high temperatures, two types of mutagenic chemicals from the animal’s muscles called heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and poly aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are formed. According to the National Cancer Institute, lab rat studies have deemed these mutagenic chemicals carcinogenic. It seems PAHs and HCAs most contribute to kidney cancer.
  2. FALSE. The ‘danger zone’ is actually between 40˚ and 140˚ Fahrenheit because harmful bacteria present on food like meats can better multiply between these values. Therefor, it is just as important to keep cooked food above 140˚F after it is cooked (until consumed or safely refrigerated) as it is to safely thaw food before cooking.
  3. TRUE. Because pre-cut, pre-peeled or pre-washed produce may have been exposed to a dirty knife or come in contact with unclean surfaces before packaging it likely contains more harmful bacteria. That’s not to say don’t ever buy pre-prepared produce, just be sure to only buy the items that are packed in ice or appropriately refrigerated, refrigerate right away once home, and wash again before eating.
  4. FALSE. It is important to wash your hands (for 20 seconds with soap and warm water) before and after dealing with fresh fruits or veggies as well as when you are working with meat. While it is true you have to be extra careful when handling meat because of the surplus of harmful bacteria, produce also harbours bacteria from transport and store handling, also your hands may further contaminate the produce if you don’t make sure they are clean.
  5. FALSE. Both oil and grease cooking fires should be smothered using a metal lid, cooking glove or some kind of heat-resistant material. You can also use baking soda to smother a very small grease fire.

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Hobbies that Can Help Control Blood Pressure

Blood pressure issues (high or low) can lead to life-threatening complications if left untreated. Whether you have been recently diagnosed with an active blood pressure issue or wish to change your lifestyle to prevent health problems in the future, these suggestions will help you improve your daily routine and lower your stress levels.

Stress can worsen blood pressure issues. If you find yourself frequently stressed out then it is time to take steps to reign in your stress levels. Find things which trigger your stress and avoid them if possible and remember stress can be controlled. Step back from stressful situations and put your health first.

The best way to reduce stress is by concentrating on other things. Many experts say that choosing a healthy hobby can help beat blood pressure problems. To help you in this regard, we’ve listed below a myriad of options that might help.

Cultivate Healthy and Relaxing Hobbies
Slow paced hobbies requiring concentration on simple tasks will help you relax.

● Gardening—Reconnect with nature and your nurturing side.
● Cooking—Can be as simple or complex as you want. You will get delicious food and a sense of achievement.
● Photography—Go out and explore the world and capture your journey with pictures.
● Scrap-booking –Create an artistic expression of your life journey.
● Writing—Unleash your imagination and start writing, even maintaining a personal journal is therapeutic and can build perspective.
● Solving Puzzles—A fun solitary or group activity, it will leave you with a sense of accomplishment.
● Listen to Music—Listen to your favorite music; try to expand your tastes by exploring different music styles.
● Reading—Reading allows you to get absorbed in a different world. Turn it into a group activity and join a local reading group.

Make Regular Exercise a Part of Your Daily Routine
This section deserves a heading of its own simply because of its benefits. Exercising can be considered a hobby, and when it comes to ‘exercising to maintain your blood pressure’ it is different from regular workouts and weightlifting.

Aerobic Exercise
Regular aerobic exercise will help you achieve and maintain a strong cardiovascular system. People with blood-pressure issues should make time for some light aerobic exercises, even a brisk 30 minute walk will improve your health.

Non-aerobic exercises will also help you keep your blood pressure in a healthy range. The less vigorous kinds of yoga are the best type of non-aerobic exercise. Yoga has proven to be an excellent form of exercise that helps to achieve mental and physical strength. There are a lot of classes offered where you can learn basic technique and then continue by yourself. Yoga includes some specific breathing techniques which help you maintain a calm mental state. Yoga techniques slow down the heart rate; this is known to help people with hypertensive issues.

We hope this will help you keep your blood pressure under check. However, if you suffer from these issues you can get in touch with us as telemedicine can help in these problems as well.