Cooking is fun to do especially if you’re passionate about it and you’re doing it to provide nourishment to your loved ones. But do you really know that the cooking steps you’re doing are correct and health? Sometimes, simply following the basic steps may not be enough.
So what techniques then are healthy and ideal and what are their benefits? Learn about them here.
Boiling and Steaming
Did you know that boiling or steaming or cooking at a low temperature can help fight diabetes? This is according to a study published in the Diabetes Care journal.
The study found that the group that boiled and steamed their food for four weeks had a lower resistance to insulin compared to the other group. This means they are not at risk of getting the type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
It is true that boiling can reduce the vitamins and minerals in food but on the other hand, it has also been found to be the best way to preserve nutrients in broccoli, carrots and zucchini.
Broiling and Grilling
Isn’t it that many people love to eat barbecues and other grilled food? When marinated properly and cooked just right, broiling and grilling bring out the flavor in meat and even vegetables. This cooking method helps make meats and vegetables tender and juicy at the same time.
Its health benefit? It takes away the fat from the food.
Poaching is a close relative of boiling and also considered a healthy cooking method as no additives are used. This technique requires cooking food using only a small amount of water. It is best used for eggs, fish and fruits.
While this technique may involve oil, it should only be in a small or moderate amount. Your goal here is to achieve searing on your vegetables and even meat.
Stir-frying is ideal for meat but only the bite-sized ones, grains such as quinoa and rice and thinly sliced veggies such as carrots, snow peas and bell peppers.
Eating it Raw
Eating raw foods is beneficial to people. No oil, sodium, sugar and cooking is required. You simply peel off the skin of the vegetables and eat them straight away.
Studies have shown that eating varied types of veggies can lower a person’s cancer risk. Since an individual is eating plant-based foods without using any cooking technique, he or she gets more vitamins, minerals and fiber.
Keep these methods in mind and practice them in your daily life to ensure that you and your family members stay healthy moving onward.
Originally posted on November 30, 2013 @ 10:45 pm