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When you think of eating healthy, what comes to mind? Most likely, you'll think about consuming foods that are rich with vitamins and nutrients. While a healthy diet is important, they way you cook your food also matters. In fact, certain cooking methods can break down up to 20 percent of vitamins and nutrients in some foods, while releasing digestion-hindering antioxidants from others.

Here's a look at how four common cooking methods can impact your meals.
  1. Grilling: As the weather warms up, many people find themselves grilling outdoors. While grilling requires minimal added fats, such as oil, the high heat utilized can cause a chemical reaction in meats. This reaction creates toxins that can cause nutrient imbalances and inflammation in the body. Grilling is great for special occasions, but don't make it a regular habit if you wish to be a health-conscious eater.
  2. Boiling: Boiling is a quick and easy cooking method, but the high heat and large volume of water can dissolve the majority of water-soluble nutrients. Still, boiling actually preserves nutrients in vegetables such as broccoli, carrots and zucchini. Depending on what you're cooking, boiling may be a fast and healthy solution.
  3. Steaming: Steaming cooks your food in its own juices, allowing it to hold on to most of its natural nutrients. In fact, steaming is the best way to cook many types of meat, fish and vegetables.
  4. Microwaving: There is a lot of conflicting research when it comes to the way microwaving affects food's nutrition. Some researchers say that microwaves zap the nutrition out of food, while others say that the short cooking times reduces the destruction of nutrients. Until a definitive answer is found, it's likely safe to use a microwave when you're pressed for time.
Eating right is a great way to stay in good health. Health insurance can also protect your financial health, even if your physical health lags. Call First Insurance Group at (502) 348-5921 for more information on Lexington health insurance.
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