Importance of steaming:
It may seem boring and synonymous with hospital like food. The popular notion is that steamed food is bland. But this isn't true; steaming is the best way to retain nutrients and minerals that are otherwise lost in the boiling or sauté process. Retaining nutrients also equates to retaining natural flavours and taste. Therefore, steaming makes the food a lot more flavourable and delectable. Also steamed ingredients are easy to digest.
Health Benefits of steaming:
If you believe in low-fat eating, then steaming should be your favourite cooking method. Steaming requires less, if any, oil depending on the ingredients; for example, vegetables don't require any oil for steaming. Since it is easy to digest, steaming avoids flatulence, bloating and indigestion. This method can help you lose weight, along with exercising.
Ideal food for steaming:
Vegetables are the most ideal ingredients for steaming as it preserves the flavours, colour, fibre and barely reduces the mineral content. When it comes to non vegetarian ingredients steaming reduces the amount of fat in the meat, making it healthier than boiling and frying.
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Importance of baking:
When you bake a dish the natural flavours are overpowering, plus baking consumes less time; rather, baking takes less effort in terms of waiting and watching. Whip it up, bung everything in, set the timer, and you're set to spend some quality time with your better half or books. No wonder then that baking is a favourite with love-struck couples, and families. If you're cooking meat then baking can also be fat free as the heat releases or ‘sheds’ the fat from the product and cooks in it. A slight disadvantage is that you need to bake at a particular temperature and time or chances are it will be under cooked or over cooked.
Health Benefits of baking:
Baked dishes offer fewer calories, and are great for weight loss. It saves time and maintains the natural vitamins to an extent. This makes it a good option for those trying to avoid heart diseases and live a healthy lifestyle.
Ideal food for baking:
Baking is friendly to both, veg and non veg ingredients. You just have to get the heat and timing right to enjoy a healthy meal with baking.
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