According to health experts steaming vegetables is one of the best ways to prepare them. It is not enough that you simply take in veggies. You should also prepare and cook them the right way so that you can get the best advantage of their nutritional value.
Allow me to share the top benefits of steamed vegetables.
1. Locked in Nutrients
As opposed to frying, which is the worst way to cook vegetables, the best way is to steam them. Many other seemingly healthy methods for preparing vegetables like boiling, grilling, broiling and sauteing are not good either, because these will strip off the nutrients. (vitamins, minerals and antioxidants) Steaming, on the other hand, guarantees that once consumed they are able to do what they are supposed to do in your body. (help maintain proper health)
Steaming veggies can do a much better job in improving immune functions, regulating natural systems of the body, facilitating detoxification and improving digestion than fried, grilled or boiled vegetables.
Steamed vegetables are cooked just right. They are neither overcooked nor undercooked. This will make them so flavorful that you’ll want to munch on the vegetables more and more. This is great due to the fact that vegetables are such a great source of nutrients. The more you eat, the better. Although raw vegetables are more nutritious, many people do not think they taste good (except for those used in salad).
3. Easier to Digest
Since steamed vegetables are softer, they are easier to digest they are more easily digested by your system, and the nutrients they contain tend to be more effectively absorbed by the body. In addition to that, they cause fewer indigestion issues and do not give you that bloated feeling afterward that you typically get from eating fried vegetables.
4. Little or No Fat
Steaming vegetables does not require the use of oil. This means you can easily enjoy low- or non-fat vegetables. Most vegetables are free from any fat, but if you want to drizzle a little oil onto your vegetables, for taste, when you steam them you can do so using some olive oil. Olive oil is an unsaturated fat which does not contain bad cholesterol. Steaming veggies may reduce the risks of high cholesterol levels, along with other health issues such as hypertension and heart disease.
It is very important to remember that steaming does not work for all types of vegetables. It is ideal for spinach, broccoli, corn, asparagus, carrots, cauliflower, beans, bok choy, Chinese cabbage and other green leafy vegetables. For other veggies like tomatoes, for example, it would be better to stir fry or roast them in the oven. This is because the lycopene present in tomatoes that prevents diabetes, prostate cancer and osteoporosis is much more easily absorbed by the body when tomatoes are cooked thoroughly or processed.
Apart from raw vegetables, steamed veggies are the healthiest choice. Make sure that you consume organically grown vegetables so that you can be assured of locked-in nutrients which are free from synthetic substances that may harm your body.