Healthy Food Prep for All

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Staff Member: Charlene Ryan

Founder & Owner of: Fit, Healthy, Happy Home

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Healthy Living and Successful Living Writer


Do you think healthy food prep only involves adding in the vegetables? Or not using so much butter, or not frying your foods?

When you study culinary chemistry even a little, you begin to understand how compounds form, and possibly harmful chemical reactions. You would also learn that the processes we use for convenience, such as freezing food, takes away somewhat from its nutritional content.

What does this mean to the average cook?

The following processes can over time harm your health: by way of premature aging, susceptibility to cancer, and weight gain.

1. Using olive oil for cooking

Many other oils should not be over heated as well.  The ones you can trust are sesame, coconut, and avocado. Cooked oils in general increases free radical development and denatures the oil, making it hard for our bodies to metabolize. In addition, refined oils which are made to cook with, are already denatured when you buy them.

2. Over steaming vegetables

This not only reduces vitamin content, it reduces or eliminates the cellulose fiber which is important for overall health. Fiber is a key substance for digestive health and weight loss.

3. Cooking and/or heating everything you eat

The more cooked food we eat the more digestive enzymes are needed to process our food. over time this wears out our organs. The enzymes present in raw food digest the food pretty much on its own. Think about how when you cut into an apple, it turns brown. Those are the enzymes breaking down the food. When you chew an apple, all that enzyme action mixed with your saliva is all that is needed to digest the apple. Apple sauce on the other hand, which has been cooked, requires additional enzymes and insulin to process it.

4. Frying Food

This created free radicals when an electron escapes; without antioxidants around free radicals wreak havoc in our bodies. Many chemical changes involved make the food carcinogenic.

5. Blackened and browned foods bad for your health

The browning process which takes place in frying french fries, potato chips, and other starchy fried foods produces acrylamide,a  carcinogen.

Blackened pieces of meat are also carcinogenic.  It is best to avoid charred meats and fried foods, in general.

6. Always scrambling your eggs.

The more oxygen that gets into the fat-containing cells of your food, the more oxidation fats get into you! Oxygen damages, ages, and creates the production of free radicals. And just for your info, the healthiest eggs are either poached, or if you have your own hens and take good care of them, don’t be afraid to have a raw egg once in a while. I heard of a woman who ate raw eggs every day and she claims this to be the reason for her longevity of 100+ years. Think: less frying, overcooking and allowing the oxidation of fats (such as in using cooking oil–mentioned above)

The following processes and/or habits reduce the nutrients in you food:

1. Peeling all your vegetables

Just under the skin is a ton of nutrients. Don’t skin your food! you also get important fiber and antioxidants in many of the colorful skins like apples, carrots, sweet potatoes, etc.

You can even grate your ginger root without peeling it.

2. Buying store-bought prepared foods that weren’t thoughtfully prepared.

One example is: deli meat with preservatives and sodium nitrite and nitrate, added colors and excessive salt. nitrosamines are added to inhibit bacterial enzyme development and off flavors. Additionally most prepared store-bought foods contain excess salt, possibly yeast extracts (contain MSG), and unless labeled as Non-GMO, you could be consuming a lot of modified ingredients.

3. Buying meat and fish in bulk and freezing it for later use.

As raw meat freezes, the growing crystals protrude into the soft cell membranes and puncture them. When the meat is thawed the ice crystals, melt and unplug the holes they’ve made in the muscle cells, and the tissue as a whole readily leaks fluid rich in salts, vitamins, proteins, and pigments. Fat oxidation also occurs as the loss of water leaks from the muscle.

The faster you freeze your meat, the smaller the crystals are that form. Try freezing it in small portions unwrapped, then wrap it when it’s frozen.Otherwise, when possible, buy your meat fresh and cook it within recommended times.

For fish, keeping it on ice is the best method for its freshness. Use within recommended time.

4. Purchasing low-quality products just because of the lower price.

Two great examples of good versus bad are your meat and dairy. Grass-fed beef and dairy products contain healthy fats whereas conventionally raised cattle  who are fed grains and given antibiotics contain harmful, artery-clogging fats.

5. Buying non-organic fruits and vegetables.

If you start with the freshest, chemical-free foods, you will be fresh, healthy and free from pesticides and herbicides and you will acquire more nutrients from your food.

Although there are many more things to consider for healthy food prep, the above is a start towards better healthy cooking.

Blessings,

CR


Article Credits: Charlene Ryan

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor

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25 Comments
  1. Nat Carter Artography 3 years ago

    Great image!

  2. The Tale Light Trekkers 3 years ago

    Would love to eat that right about now, haha! Thanks for all the info!

    We need healthy meal tips when we are on the road full time rv’ing!

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  3. fwally 3 years ago

    I actually read this report and its very informative

  4. TreeHuggerLife 3 years ago

    Wow! I never knew about eh freezing meat thing.. I guess I never really thought about what was in the melted ice water.

  5. heatherly4460 3 years ago

    Wow! Interesting read. Will definitely substitute a delicious omelette for my scrambled eggs next time 🙂

  6. salonmuseblog 3 years ago

    I’m reading How Not To Die by Dr. Micheal Greger. He gives the same advice about food and nutrition. Thank you for the great advice, I feel I’m finally on the better path to healthy eating!

  7. cheekycheetahblog 3 years ago

    So good ideas! Merci! Always Nice to have Some New fresh ideas!!!?????

  8. akmp45 3 years ago

    Hmmmm, interesting thoughts, Thanks for sharing

  9. aeilsasmakeover 3 years ago

    This here is an eye opener. Love the information!

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  11. fitnesstidbitsblog 2 years ago

    This was a very informative read quite honestly. Not only exercise but diet as well is also a factor to a healthy lifestyle!

  12. PinkSandDaze 2 years ago

    Thanks for the great tips!

  13. pinchofdelight 2 years ago

    Really interesting read!
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  15. shannonbrunskill 2 years ago

    I had no idea about scrambling eggs, or freezing meat, and I’m a pretty healthy person. Thanks for the info.

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  16. wishes.spardha 2 years ago

    Intresting read..!!

  17. Smart Food Solutions 2 years ago

    Thank you for writing this great info .. as many here will write “interesting” is just the truth behind the all healthy foods . Unless you study microbiology and science behind cioking is hard for you to understand what is healthy in cooking. Healthy dosnt mean to add in vegetables.

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  19. Really nice article and information! I love cooking and I absolutely agree – healthy doesn’t mean to add in vegetables. It’s great to get those information and think about it a bit more than just many times ‘pretend’ how healthy lifestyle we have. Thank you! 🙂

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  21. chefkreso 2 years ago

    Amazing post with so many useful tips, I already use most of them in my cooking but some were a pleasent surprise ?

  22. williwash 2 years ago

    Reblogged this on WilliWash.

  23. sankaranagukolachala 2 years ago

    Useful info

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    Right to the point reblogged on Straight Outta My Kitchen

  25. Blossom Beauty 2 years ago

    Very interesting read. I didn’t realise that over-steaming your vegetables removed the goodness – i’ll make a note of these. Thanks

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