Though we take a lot of care while our cooking foods at home, we always have a little doubt in our mind regarding its goodness for our health? There are many rules to follow while cooking a healthy food. Like it should not be deep fried, it should not be heated in high flame for longer time duration and much much more. Knowing these rules would help us to cook nutrition rich, healthy food every single time.
Cooking in Low flame for longer time duration
There are two things that need to be kept in mind while cooking on low flame for a long duration. One, we should not use more water. Two, vegetables should not be chopped into small pieces. When we use more water to cook our foods, all the nutrients will settle in the water and it will be wasted. Some people do not have the habit of closing the vessel with a lid or plate while cooking. When we let the steam escape our foods while cooking, it loses its water content. When we use less quantity of water, we can prevent the loss of nutrients in our foods. If you cook the food in low flame, always make a note whether you are cooking your ingredients for the right amount of time. Cooking the foods in the low flame is not so bad as long as you do not overdo the timing part.
Grilled cooking demands less oil. Additionally, it reduces the fat content in the food naturally. Grilled foods always taste better. But, having grilled foods on a daily basis is not good for our health. When we cook meat, vegetables, and fruits in this method, it reduces the quality of the food. This cooking method can be practiced once or twice a month, but not regularly.
Microwave as the name suggests, it uses microwaves to heat the foods. Foods prepared by this method are not good for our health. Additionally, it reduces the quality of the foods. When vegetables, fruits, and grains are microwaved, it loses its nutrients. This type of oven can be used at times of emergency, but it should never be put to regular use.
Deep fried foods will have high-fat content. Some people reuse these oils. When we reuse the oils, it increases the level of bad cholesterol in it. Foods cooked by this method are not healthy. So, it can only be had under unavoidable circumstances. It is not the best practice to deep fry foods regularly.
To be honest, slow cooking is not the best practice. This method involves cooking the ingredients of a recipe separately and then recooking it again all together. When we cook all ingredients together we can get maximum nutrition, calories, and benefits out of it. But, slow cooking takes a lot of time. Also when we cook the ingredients separately, they lose their nutrition value and also loses its quality. This cooking method also fails to reproduce the exact taste of the ingredients.
Barbecued foods should not be had regularly. It is the best method to cook meats. While using this method to cook foods regularly, we will miss a lot of nutrients in our foods. Additionally, when we expose the foods to direct flame, it can trigger cancer-causing chemicals (carcinogens) in our foods.
Boiling foods is a good practice. When we boil foods, we do not lose its nutrients. Because we use this method while preparing curries, gravies, and soups. These foods are taken along with its water content. When we use water to cook foods, all the masalas, and spices gets mixed with the vegetables, fruits, and meats completely. Additionally, boiling foods will kill the microbes and germs present it. But, we should not over cook vegetables in water. Doing so will make it lose its nutrients.
Steam cooking is the best way to cook foods. Many healthy foods across the world are steam cooked. These foods are easily digestible, and it can be consumed by people of all age groups. This method of cooking doesn’t make the vegetables, fruits, and other ingredients lose its nutrients. Additionally, consuming steam cooked foods prevents, obesity, heart diseases, diabetes and many other health problems.