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The method of preparation you use in cooking, can affect the total calories in the meal and also its nutritional value. Steaming can be one of the easiest and healthy all-purpose method of cooking vegetables, meat and poultry. You may also want to know why is baking a healthier cooking option than frying.
Here are reasons why steaming foods can be a healthy switch to your diet.
Nutrients are conserved
Steaming vegetables is a healthy way of getting your daily dose of vitamins and minerals. It is one of the healthiest methods of cooking as it does not lead to any loss of nutrients, leaving the food with a higher vitamin and mineral content. This cooking method also increases the antioxidant content of vegetables, making them more readily available to your body. Even when you are steaming chicken, all the protein in the meat is conserved.
As no oil is required in steaming, it is definitely a healthier option than frying or grilling foods. The absence of oil automatically lowers the content of fat in the food. Steaming cooks your food thoroughly without addition of extra fat or butter to your food, allowing the true taste of the food to shine through.
No burning and overcooking
When you are using a steamer, you can easily ensure that your food is not overcooked or burned, unlike frying, boiling or even baking foods. The vegetables also take lesser time to cook when you are steaming them.
Steaming allows you to consume less unhealthy fats and calories, thus potentially reducing your risk of obesity and heart disease. On the other hand, when you are frying your food, the oil gets soaked up during the cooking process adding to the calories and fat. Even adding a small amount of butter to baked or grilled foods can add unnecessary calories and saturated fat. To give you an insight, here are the calorie counts of some the steamed, baked and fried dishes. Also read the calorie count of common junk food items.
|Vegetables||1 bowl = 207 cal||1 bowl = 323.8 cal||1 bowl = 378.8 cal|
|Chicken||1 piece = 37.1 cal||1 piece = 59.9 cal||1 piece = 145.2 cal|
Here's how to steam food properly
This video will help you learn the technique of steaming better
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