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5 Best Ways to Cook Food

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5 Best Ways to Cook Food

If you’re trying to cut back on your microwave use, there is no reason you need to subsist on raw cauliflower or kale. Joy Feldman, NC, an integrative holistic-health nutritional consultant and health coach, provides her ranking of the healthiest and most flavorful cooking methods.

1. Steaming
Not only does steaming preserve flavor, aroma, vitamins and antioxidants, it also decreases the volume of vegetables so you can eat more. USDA researchers discovered that lightly steaming greens such as collards and broccoli increases their ability to bind to bile acids more than if consumed raw. With lower levels of circulating bile acids in the blood, the body uses cholesterol to make more bile, which in turn lowers cholesterol numbers and may confer heart-health benefits. Multistack electric steamers let you cook several items at once and are more energy efficient than stovetop steaming.

Creamy Broccoli Soup
Organic Pumpkin Pie

2. Stir-frying
The intense heat from the stovetop minimizes nutrient loss and helps maintain vegetable texture and color. High-quality woks are great for rapid, even heating at high temperatures, but you can also use a large, heavy, flat-bottom frying pan for stir-frying just about anything.

Watercress-Walnut Stir-Fry
Sugar-Snap Stir-Fry

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10:50PM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

Thanks.

10:20PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

noted

3:54PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

Cook both ways!

12:00PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

thanks

1:08PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

thank you for sharing

4:55PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Love to wok!

9:50PM PDT on Mar 11, 2012

AH! Def going to saute more! :)

9:07AM PST on Feb 23, 2012

I boil all my food (it's convenient), but I always drink the water in which the food is boiled too. I hope that salvages some of the nutrients for me?

1:23PM PST on Feb 3, 2012

Thank-you for the informative article.

5:15PM PST on Feb 2, 2012

Thanks for the clear list of the best usage of the different cooking methods...I do use microwave more than I used to because I understood it saved energy....

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