Thursday, February 23, 2012
IS NEVER HAVING COOKED DANGEROUS?
I remember two instances.
Instance one. It was in college. First time experience for a lot of people to live on their own. Also living with others. So this girl I knew, she was hungry and looked in the fridge and saw some marinated meat. She started to eat it and asked her roommate why it tastes so weird?
Her roommate in shock and disgust said, because it's not cooked stupid. She immediately spat it out. She said how was she supposed to know? It was covered in sauce. And besides only food she ate was stuff at restaurants or something her mom just gave to her already prepared. She had never seen food prior to preparation before. Or that's what she told us anyway. It's college. So I can see that happening.
I also remember seeing a mom a few years ago at a restaurant. If you are in Los Angeles, it is quite the "foodie" capital where people are always trying new types of food. Well this mother with her toddler in his baby chair was a cute sight to behold at the restaurant. A mommy and me date. Cute. Kid was dressed really well, hair all done. The mom was fashionable, very hip, sun glasses, hair all did. Neat too, always making sure his face was clean.
So she ordered this soup called soon tofu. Korean dish, it also comes with raw eggs. The soup comes piping hot and will cook for a few minutes at your table. You crack the egg open and let it cook in the soup all the way. Delicious.
Anyhow this girl was also Korean. I know she had had soon tofu before. She knew what to order, didn't look at the menu. When it came, she wanted to share it with her son. So she took his rice bowl which was already filled with rice and cracked the raw egg on top of it. Then she started spooning the soup into the rice bowl and mixing it all up. The soup will cool too fast with the rice and with her mixing it all up, the egg will never have a chance to cook. Not only that but the bowl is too small, so it will never mix right. It was never intended to serve that purpose. I know what she was thinking. The soup is too hot. And the egg is the treat in the soup so instead of her eating it, she was going to give it to her son. Yeah I get that.
And she took the utmost care to not spill one bit of it. And she fed this raw egg gruel to her child. Wiping his lips. The way she fed him was very loving. You could tell her intentions were good. But it was OBVIOUS she has never cooked or prepared any food in her whole life and was risking giving her child salmonella. I have no idea how you can become a mom and be at that age.
I hope nothing happened to that kid. But these are actual instances that I personally witnessed where someone's health was at risk. So before you go out there and try to be the ultimate foodie and only care about food others prepare for you, learn to cook yourself. It's not only good for your health for these reasons, but its the best way to lose weight and eat healthy. Make it your damn self.
About the Author:
Sam Y. is a Master Personal Trainer, Coach, Certified Nutritionist, Performance Enhancement Specialist, Corrective Enhancement Specialist, Pilates and Yoga instructor, and holds multiple certifications. He is also an avid Martial Artist, training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, Boxing, and MMA. He is also the author of the popular fitness blog All Out Effort as well as the popular martial arts blog Inner BJJ. You can find him in the Los Angeles area personal training his clients, or at home annoying his wife, or on Facebook and Pinterests.