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YOU’RE SPENDING TOO MUCH TIME IN THE KITCHEN…. and it’s causing you to gain weight.

You’re spending far too much time in the kitchen.  Stop it.  Now.

A new report demonstrates that cooking food actually causes it to provide significantly more energy.  In other words, cooking food adds to its caloric value and may cause you to gain weight.

Richard Wrangham, the chair of biological anthropology at Harvard University, explained the findings in plain english:

We suspect that there are two major reasons for cooked beef providing more calories than raw beef. In cooked beef, the muscle proteins, like the sugars in cooked starch, have opened up and allowed digestive enzymes to attack their amino acid chains. Cooking also does this for collagen, a protein that makes meat difficult to chew because it forms the connective tissue wrapped around muscle fibers. However, we do not know the exact mechanisms. What we do know, though, is that the mice had a spontaneous preference for eating cooked meat over raw meat, and their choice made sense, given that they fared better on it.

Next up: why promotions occur more often when employees fail to meet expectations and demonstrate considerably less leadership, judgment and professionalism.

5 responses to “YOU’RE SPENDING TOO MUCH TIME IN THE KITCHEN…. and it’s causing you to gain weight.

  1. Curly Carly December 11, 2011 at 10:43 am

    This is precisely why I don’t let myself cook very often. I immediately start gaining weight after I go on a cooking spree.

    • solutiondown December 11, 2011 at 10:47 am

      Same here. And there’s always a good chance that I’ll start a fire or poke myself with a knife. The local firehouse and emergency room breathe a sigh of relief when I order takeout.

  2. Curly Carly December 11, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Haha! I have a habit of cutting my thumb in the exact same place when cooking. I think there’s a permanent scar. Needless to say, I’m very thankful that my roommate enjoys cooking.

  3. t December 11, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Cooked food does not contain more calories. It’s just that the animal uses more energy (calories) when chewing and digesting uncooked (fibrous) food.

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