Yes, it’s true. They’re equally important.
I’ll keep this short and to the point. Just another food truth to help you
Let’s take a very versatile food as an example…how about potatoes?
Everyone loves potatoes, the options are endless! (Slight exaggeration)
But not all potatoes are equal…
You can compare 100g of potatoes cooked in various ways and see that the calorie/kilojoule content differs A LOT!
Mashed potato, made with low fat milk and margarine
Roasted in oil
- Boiled with skin
- Baked in jacket
- Chips heated in the oven
- Chips, deep fried
And we all know the list continues.
Point is, depending on what you do with your potatoes, you could quadruple the kilojoule content. And this applies to everything you cook. So cooking methods are very important!
These truths would mean nothing without some advice, so here I go…
The methods which involve the least oil are usually the best. Like baking, boiling, steaming, etc. Cooking with water may mean that sometimes you’ll lose some of the nutrients, for example boiling vegetables, but on the plus side, you’re not adding any calories either.
Limit frying, and try to avoid deep-fat frying altogether. Foods that already contain fat, like meat, should rather be grilled instead of fried. And allow the fat and oil to drip off! You and your heart are way better off without it!
Stir-frying is a good option especially with a non-stick pan! (less or no oil). Microwaving can also serve as a low-fat or no-fat cooking method, but it’s not that popular. If you have a pressure cooker, use it! Cooks food quickly so less nutrients are lost AND most of the flavour stays in the food, so you won’t need to add any oil for richness etc.
As always, I hope that helps. Maybe it just serves as a reminder to be mindful of your cooking methods, and maybe try something new, something healthier as you can see, it makes a huge difference!
Questions are always welcome
Health and happiness