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February 11, 2009

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As consumers we have grown increasingly aware of the need to make good food choices and decisions that are well balanced and seasonally available in order to accomplish our goals.

Fresh and nutritious ingredients are only part of the healthy cooking process. It is relatively easy to start with healthy ingredients, but what is done to them in preparation and cooking can determine whether the final dish is really good for you.

There are many cooking techniques that are naturally healthy. Sautéing, steaming, stir-frying, broiling, roasting and poaching are all great methods. When using these methods it is important to resist the temptation to add unnecessary amounts of fat and sodium to your diet.

Moderation is the key to healthy cooking. We have all heard the phrase fat is flavor, but there are many ways to impart flavor in a dish without adding fat. This is not to say all fats are bad for you. Fat is an essential nutrient that performs several functions that are vital to the body. Bad fats such as butter, lard, shortening, and margarine can increase risk of heart disease, obesity, and certain types of cancer. Fats such as olive oil, canola oil, corn oil and avocado oil are good choices when preparing healthy foods. It is important to understand not only where our food comes from, but how the things we add to our food in every day cooking can affect our health.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 11, 2009 10:18 am

    Hi there,

    Just wanted to let you know I enjoyed reading.

    Lisa

  2. Chef Justin permalink
    February 11, 2009 10:27 am

    Thanks Lisa, it is always great to get some feedback.

  3. allison permalink
    February 11, 2009 10:37 am

    hey chef justin,
    what do you know about cooking with coconut oil? i heard it has better health beenefits than olive oil.

  4. Chef Justin permalink
    February 11, 2009 10:44 am

    Coconut oil is often partially or fully hydrogenated to increase their melting point in warmer temperatures. This increases the amount of saturated fat present in the oil, and may produce trans fats.

  5. allison permalink
    February 11, 2009 1:40 pm

    thanks for the info. i will just stick with my olive oil!! 🙂

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