When it comes to a heart healthy diet, how you cook your food can be just as important as the sorts of ingredients you choose. From steaming to poaching to stewing, these five cooking methods will give you nutritional bang for your home cooking buck.
The benefits of home cooking
Cooking at home is an important part of a healthy eating plan. You can choose high-quality ingredients, opt for recipes packed with fresh produce, and substitute unhealthy ingredients like salt and butter with heart-healthy alternatives like herbs, spices and olive oil.
But it’s also worth remembering that how you cook is just as important as what you cook. A piece of fresh fish is a great choice, but the choice between deep frying and steaming will make a huge difference to the nutritional value of your meal. That’s because unhealthy cooking techniques (like frying) can add unnecessary kilojoules, while the type of fat or oil you choose (like butter, ghee, lard, palm or coconut oil) can result in unhealthy fats on your plate.
The good news? There are lots of cooking techniques out there that can do wonders for your heart health – and your tastebuds! What’s more, you don’t need to be a master chef to give them a go.
Here are some of our favourites.