Dangers Of Scraping Food From Bottom Pot

Still scraping food from “bottom pot”? You need to read this


Still scraping food from bottom pot? You need to read this!

There is this popular Nigerian adage in pigin which says, “na bottom pot nai dey sweet pass.” This notion is coined from the mindset that virtually all the ingredients of the food settle at the bottom of the pot, hence, the taste gets better.

There is also another popular Nigerian adage in pigin which says, “na the burny burny part of jollof rice nai dey sweet pass.” lol… This means that you enjoy the burnt part of jollof rice more than the unburnt part. And we are all abreast with the fact that, the burnt part of any meal, is at the bottom!


For the aforementioned reasons, you see people scraping the bottom of their pots while serving or eating their meals. And some would even allow their food to get burnt for the purpose of getting the best taste out of it. Lol! This is serious!


I believe most of us are either victims or witnesses of how some people scrape their pots with so much power and passion – to that extent that you could here the sound of the pot(s) from a long distance! 😂 Some even go as far as hitting the pot thereby, constituting noise pollution! Some would even be saying “no part of my food will get wasted, i must scrape and eat everything.”


We all know things are hard and everyone is trying to manage, but, while scraping, here are some things you should know:

The fact is that most of the pots we use here in this part of the world, are aluminium pots.

Facts about aluminium entering the body:

Aluminium is a poison that acts on the nervous system and has been linked to several serious health problems. Aluminum accumulates in the kidneys, brain, lungs, liver and thyroid where it competes with calcium for absorption and can affect skeletal mineralization. In infants, this can slow growth. Aluminum attacks your central nervous system. Studies show that toxic metals contribute to brain diseases by producing oxidative stress, and aluminum is one of the worst offenders. Aluminum is linked to degenerative brain diseases.


  1. Atuism
  2. Parkinson’s
  3. Alzheimer’s
  4. Breast Cancer
  5. Bone Disorders


Is there any danger of cooking with aluminium pots?

No! Our science editor reports that the consensus in the medical community is that using aluminum cookware poses no health threat. In short: While untreated aluminum is not unsafe, it should not be used with acidic foods, which may ruin both the food and the cookware. … You can cook anything in these pans without risk.

So, what is the problem?

Once over heated, they react with the burnt part of the food, most especially, acidic foods. The major problem here is, your food, maybe rice for example, when burnt, sticks to the bottom of the aluminium pot, and when you keep on scraping with so much power in a bid to getting the best nutrient from the food, some aluminium particles go along with it. And the more you keep consuming such scraped meals, the more you accumulate aluminium in your body system! And when the accumulation gets high, you might be prone to the aforementioned health hazards of aluminium.

Somebody said “he has been scraping pots for more than 25 years now and nothing has happened to him.” He is indeed lucky. Maybe, his scraping is very mild and hence didn’t scrape aluminium along with it. But, once it scraped too hard, it becomes a problem. Let’s Just be careful.

Avoid over-scraping.

Monitor your food to prevent it from getting burnt.

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