Buying food from the streets is a common thing in Ghana. We wake up, walk outside to the sideways food joint popularly known as Chopbars, restaurants etc to purchase our favourite food.
WHiles some desists from buying food outside, others have made it a daily habit to patronise foods sold outside; being it the big restaurants, fast food joints etc.
Well, to your utmost surprise, a lady has made a comment on Facebook today alleging that food vendors use paracetamol in cooking their meats.
In her post, she wrote:
“Those of U that are food Vendors that cook MEAT with PARACETAMOL! Hope you know that you are sending people to their early grave?”
Her comment has got people thinking why will a drug be used in the preparation of meat which will be sold to many?
Well, they say the truth hurts but also sets free and that is it really true that food vendors use paracetamol to prepare their meat.
So the ultimate question is why do they use paracetamol in preparing meat? We have done some research and have found some answers to this.
From what we’ve gathered, this criminal practises commonly used in Ghana and Nigeria by food vendors have been in existence since the early 2000s when it became widely known by the public but still many continue this practice.
According to our findings, the reason these food vendors use paracetamol in cooking meat is to tenderize the meat to avoid the long hours of boiling in order to meet the increasing demands of their customers.
Hard meat tends to take so long on the fire to soften but adding the paracetamol to it softens it quickly reducing the amount of time to cook it naturally but bear it in mind that it has some serious health complications.
What are the health complications?
Per our research, when the drug is used for cooking, it breaks down into other forms which may not possess its original properties as a pain killer and thus could lead to high acidity.
Also, when this process occurs, the drug is hydrolysed into what we call 4-aminophenol, which is very toxic to the kidney.