Eating healthily isn’t always easy, but it has been proven to have many health benefits, for instance some foods can help fight cancer. Whilst other foods can help to boost your immune system and help fight fatigue.
But it isn’t all about the foods that we are consuming. The ways in which we cook food and the quantity that we consume also play a big part in the health benefits of certain foods.
Discover how you can start cooking food in a healthier way, according to science.
Homemade is healthier
Studies have shown that homemade food is healthier and that those who cook at home more frequently consume less calories.
Cooking at home means that you know exactly what goes into your food and you can control the amount of salt or sugar etc.
There are a variety of different ways you can cook food, for example you can microwave, boil, fry, steam, poach, grill, or eat your food raw. Some methods keep the food’s nutrients better than others do, have a look at what the best ways to cook food are.
Microwaves have had their fair share of criticism in the past, however, microwaving might be one of the healthiest ways to cook because it has shorter cooking times which means less nutrients are lost.
Studies have shown that microwaving vegetables is one of the best ways to preserve the nutrients in them, which means they are healthier for you. The best thing about microwaves is that anything can be heated up and cooked in a microwave, from vegetables to meats, and even rice.
Boiling food has been a traditional form of cooking for many centuries. It is quick and easy. But unfortunately due to the high temperature and volume of water, some nutrients can dissolve and come away from the food. This is especially true in certain vegetables.
Some research suggests that boiling is the best way to preserve nutrients in certain types of vegetables, such as carrots and broccoli. Find a cooking pot that allows you to keep in the heat with a good lid, so that your food cooks faster and so it loses less nutrients.
The best way to make use of all the nutrients is by using the water in another food source. For example, you can use the boiled water (that you used to cook vegetables in) for your gravy, or you could add it to your soup.
Steaming is a great way to cook food and let it stew in its natural juices, meaning that the food you are cooking is keeping the nutrients. Research suggests that steaming broccoli is one of the best ways to cook the tasty green vegetable.
Eating food raw is believed to be one of the best ways to ensure that nutrients are kept in the foods you are consuming. So where possible, always opt for eating raw vegetables and fruits, as opposed to cooked ones.
Some studies have actually shown that eating a plant-based diet can help to reduce your risk of cancer. However other studies have found that cooking raw items can help to bring out more nutrients in your food.
Become healthier and happier
When you think about how to become healthier, you usually think about eating a balanced diet and exercising more. You don’t usually consider the effects of cooking on your food. But as science has shown, it can have a great impact on how good food is for you.
The best way to become healthier and happier, in terms of how you cook food, is by choosing a variety of cooking methods that you feel comfortable with and that work for you. Remember to mix it up, if you grill a lot of your food, try boiling or microwaving some instead.