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What ingredients do you no longer use in your kitchen and what have you brought in?

What ingredients  do you no longer use in your kitchen and what have you brought in?
The health conscious will give up certain food items including some ingredients that are supposed to act adversely on their health and bring in what they feel could be good for their health. .

My kitchen will no longer see white flour. White flour was always in our pantry. We needed it for several of our dishes. I used white flour for making cakes, pan cakes, rolls, and what I truly miss making is pancakes using curds. These pancakes need white flour, green chillies, sugar, salt, a bit of scraped coconut and a good amount of curds (Yoghurt) These pancakes used to be our breakfast delights. I miss them terribly. While I have been successful in making cakes with wheat flour and the simple pancakes with rice flour these pancakes must have white flour. There are so many other goodies that we make during Christmas time and for that we need white flour. I have now yo make do with goodies that do not require white flour. I did try making 'chaklis' using wheat flour. The recipe suggests that the wheat flour is pressure cooked. They did turn out ok but not as good as those made from white flour. .

While I do not bake bread I buy bread not so frequently as it is made from white flour. Brown bread is available but occasionally.

White flour is also known as maida and maida is the main ingredient for several Indian dishes. White flour or maida is refined wheat flour. Wheat flour is recommended over white flour as it has fiber, digests easily and is not refined. For whatever reason coconut oil is out from our pantry and it is replaced by sun flower oil. Mother only used coconut oil but from here say we now prefer sun flower oil.

The main item that I have brought in is sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are packed with goodness http://www.care2.com/g...-love-sweet-potatoes.html There is a herbal chuteny that has become part of our staple diet. This chuteny is made from various herbs and enriched with other masalas such as onions, green chillies, salt, sugar and tamarind.

What changes have you made in your kitchen?

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Comments

JoeMilford
I have basically started cutting out anything with high fructose corn syrup and sugars which are basically poisonous to us. I have started to bring in more unorthodox fruits and vegetables as they have become more available to my community at farmer's markets and like places. We use coconut oil now to do a lot of cooking, and we even use it to pop our popcorn, which is delicious! The coconut oil also has multiple functions--you can use it to cook, for your skin, to soothe an insect bite, etc. We also have been making "pasta" with vegetables like squash and zucchini, and this is a bit more of a healthy alternative to pasta.
Posted by JoeMilford on 11-13-2017
foxchannel
My husband insists that the catsup we buy NOT have high fructose corn syrup. But as for the oil, he won't convert. He insists on using canola oil. I'm rather disappointed. Practically all the TV chefs use olive oil and that's what I wanted to use that.
Posted by foxchannel on 11-16-2017
Marvadaum
Over here it's mostly fried foods. We got rid of anything that involved oil and has started to bake things instead. It takes a bit longer but the economy with oil and also the health benefits more than make up for it
Posted by Marvadaum on 11-13-2017
lovely
I have thrown away just any kind of oil in my kitchen apart from the healthy version like olive oil, coconut oil etc Any oil that would be detrimental to the health of the home will never be found in my kitchen
Posted by lovely on 11-13-2017
Tania997
That is really good for your health, I wish I'd be able to do it too. I love fried foods and if I throw away every harmful oil I'd have to throw away those things too.
Posted by Tania997 on 11-14-2017
hermessantos
Actually most oils are harmful to our health in the long run. It's a shame that people insist on preparing foods with excess oil. Here in my house we still use oil, but very little and only when it is necessary.
Posted by hermessantos on 11-17-2017
overcast
In our kitchen we have stopped bringing few of the vegetables like brinjal, potato and few other herbs too. The reason being we are being told to reduce the use of that. And that in itself can be harder to manage as well. It is health-wise not safe for us to handle it in the kitchen. I personally prefer to choose the items which are suitable for me. Not going to choose the random items though.
Posted by overcast on 11-14-2017
Pixie
I am currently on a gluten-free diet and I have stopped buying many things. I watch carefully what I eat nowadays. I don't use white flour anymore and I have been using gluten-free flours so far like cassava flour, almond flour, potato starch and rice flour. Those products are expensive but I have no choice but to buy them as I am gluten intolerant.
Posted by Pixie on 11-14-2017
gata montes
Fortunately removing ingredients from my diet/kitchen is not something that I've ever had to consider doing - simply because - having always eaten a well balanced healthy diet consisting of only totally natural unadulterated foods - the majority of which come from my own garden - as I grow all my own produce - fruit, vegetables, nuts and herbs - there has never really been any reason to.

In fact - as eating home prepared, totally natural non processed food made from scratch is something that I have done all my life - and by that I mean absolutely everything I eat is made from scratch with natural ingredients - from snack foods right down to baking my own bread as well as my own pizzas - its not something that's ever likely to change - as not only is eating this way extremely beneficial to health but very economical too.
Posted by gata montes on 11-14-2017
babyright
It all depends on what people belief will happen to them. I still maintain most of the food i eat, the main thing is to eat well and belief that God will always give you good health.
Posted by babyright on 11-14-2017
vinaya
I was a fan of using monosodium glutamate. I used this for almost every kind of food, it enriched the taste. However, I no longer use this ingredient to enhance the taste of my food. I hear that this will detoriate your bones.
Posted by vinaya on 11-14-2017
Denis_P
One of the most notable things that I've cut out from my kitchen is sugar and any items containing it in any form, especially high fructose corn syrup. Instead whenever I really need to sweeten something (although I try to avoid eating sweet things too often) I opt for using honey instead. I've introduced a lot more vegetables into my diet thanks to having my own garden now. Vegetables used to barely be a part of my diet, but now that I have them readily available in my own backyard, and in their purest, organic form, I'm 100% more inclined to include them in my meals.
Posted by Denis_P on 11-16-2017
Mehano
We don't use much sugar anymore. Even when it comes to baking and so on, I always reduce the sugar to a minimum. I also put Stevia in my coffee instead of it. Besides that, I have started bringing in way more vegetables and new spices such as curry. I really love to put the curry on different things such as meat and rice.
Posted by Mehano on 11-16-2017
foxchannel
One herb I switched not for health reasons. It's just because of my husband's preference. My late mother always kept huge bottles of dried oregano in her kitchen cabinet. My husband doesn't really like oregano. He prefers thyme. I like either one. Two more spices that my husband has started using for health reasons to flavor his food instead of using salt are turmeric and curry. I don't mind the changes and am learning how best to cook with these ingredients.
Posted by foxchannel on 11-16-2017
Pink_Turtle
I'be been cutting out of my diet butter and anything greasy that's not really necessary. I've been adding olive and canola oil instead of butter when it comes to cooking. I think butter it's not heatly at all and it doesn't make you any good so it's been out of my life for a while now. On the other hand I been trying to get sugar out of my life too but it's a hard thing to do since I love sweets so much!
Posted by Pink_Turtle on 11-17-2017