June 1986 Ruth Fodal Questions from readers

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For and from readers A reader looking for preserved ginger not candied ginger can find it at the Cheese Nook on Sanibel. Ruth Fodal of Fort Myers has asked if aluminum from food cooked in aluminum pots is absorbed by the body and, if so, if it is harmful. No, says Jeanne Goldberg, who writes the On Nutrition column that appears in the News-Press Food section. She says aluminum is an abundant mineral in foods but that it is poorly absorbed by the body and presents no health hazard because most of it Is excreted. She says the high aluminum content found In the brains of people with Alzheimers disease is not the result of using aluminum foil or aluminum pots in cooking. Fodal has another concern shared by many cooks: the safety of cooking pork in the microwave oven. Since long, slow cooking used to be recommended for pork to avoid trichinosis, she wonders if microwaving takes care of the problem. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture and meat industry sources, there is no danger in cooking pork in the microwave if recommended cooking procedures are followed. Cooking pork until it has reached an internal temperature of 170 degrees is the main thing to remember. This is recommended for the conventional oven, too. Besides checking the pork to be sure it has reached the recommended temperature, cooks should rotate dishes during cooking and let the meat stand for 1 5 to 20 minutes after cooking to assure more uniform temperature distribution. The effectiveness of this standing time can be increased by tenting the pork, but not wrapping it, in aluminum foil, researchers say. Trichinosis is a minor problem now, according to USDA Food Safety and Quality Service. This is because of the very low incidence of trichinae in hogs slaughtered today. Lillian Austin

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  1. News-Press,
  2. 05 Jun 1986, Thu,
  3. Main Edition,
  4. Page 73

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