Health Benefits to Steaming Food

How can you lower cholesterol, lose weight, and get vitamins from a lamp chop? By cooking with steam. Steaming renders the fat from meat, leaving it in the water to be discarded. The conventional cooking methods broiling, baking and frying cook the fat back into the meat. Because steaming gets rid of fat, the meat is lower in calories and cholesterol. And you can steam any kind of meat steak, pork, chicken, or lamb.

Steaming vegetables has been a popular way to cook for some time. It preserves the fiber, color, and flavor of vegetables as well as the B vitamins riboflavin, thiamine, niacin, biotin, B12, pantothenic acid vitamin C, and the minerals calcium, phosphorous, potassium, and zinc.

All you need to steam meat or vegetables is an inexpensive steaming basket, colander, or strainer and a large pot.

HOW TO DO IT

Prop the steaming basked in the pot. Cut up the vegetables or meat into bite-sized pieces just before cooking. Rinse and dry them quickly. Then add about an inch of water to the pot. You can flavor the water with salt, lemon juice, peppercorns, garlic, fresh herbs, or bullion. Or substitute wine for water to make a sauce from the reduced broth. Bring the pot to a boil before adding the vegetables. Then cover the pot. Reduce the heat and cook over a medium flame for a few minutes.

SIX MORE GOOD REASONS TO COOK WITH STEAMIt cooks more evenly. Steam is gentle and uniform. It slowly diffuses through the food and allows the food to cook in its own juices.Its easy and you can steam anything from meat and vegetables to fruits and pasta.Its versatile. You can seal food in bamboo or banana leaves as a method to marinate food while its steaming.Its an ideal way to cook rice. Place the rice in a container of water or chicken stock then cook it over the steam until all the water is absorbed. This guarantees perfection.It allows for an easy cleanup. You only need to use one pot. Just steam the food on different tiers.It doesnt require elaborate utensils or pots.Robin Westen is ThirdAges medical reporter. Check for her daily updates. She is the author of Ten Days to Detox: How to Look and Feel a Decade Younger.See what others have to say about this story or leave a comment of your own.
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