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Healthy Cooking on a Budget

April 21st, 2012 • Posted by By Dr. Mary Tobin for Studio Cie Wellness Spa • Permalink

Are you looking for ways to get the most from your food budget? Three keys to healthy eating at home are 1) Start with good quality foods, 2) Cook to maintain that nutrition, and 3) Avoid the addition of toxins to your foods.

Good quality foods are those found around the outside of the grocery store where you’ll find fruits, vegetables, and lean meats. You’ll be avoiding the boxes, cans and packages of processed “dead” foods. Processed foods are very expensive when you consider the limited life giving nutrition they contain.

Second, don’t destroy the nutrition in good quality foods by overheating or overcooking. Are you aware that heating your food over 200 degrees destroys much of the nutritional value? Microwave cooking of fruits and vegetables immediately heats to 400 degrees and quickly destroys nutrients. Boiling fruits and vegetables in water means your nutrition goes down the drain with the water. As steam forms at 212 degrees, any steaming of fruits and vegetables needs to be done very lightly. Using “waterless” cookware, which alerts you to excessive temperatures, provides the ultimate in maintaining food nutrition.

Third, you can avoid adding toxins to your foods through your cookware. Replace your old aluminum cookware. Aluminum is a very soft and porous metal that allows a chemical reaction to take place between your food and cookware. Many countries in Europe have banned the sale of aluminum cookware.

Throw away your non-stick or “Teflon” cookware immediately. Exposure to the resins used to create non-stick cookware at temperatures above 393 degrees can produce a condition called “polymer fume fever” with flu-like symptoms. A chemical, C-8, used to make non-stick coated pans has been linked to birth defects in humans and cancer in laboratory animals. The back of non-stick labels warn not to have birds in the kitchen, as fumes released from an overheated non-stick coated pan can kill birds.

Look for good quality stainless steel cookware. You can determine the quality by looking for a stamp on the bottom. No marking is usually the lowest quality using scrap metal. 18/10 or 304 are specific metals and found on some of the best cookware sold through stores. 316Ti is a non-porous titanium stainless steel usually only available through “waterless” cookware companies.

Your cookware is an investment in your providing healthy meals for your family. Purchase a few quality pieces as your budget permits and gradually replace toxic cookware starting with non-stick. At a minimum destroy any chipped non-stick cookware and do not use high temperature cooking.

Applying these three keys to healthy cooking can mean your family will get the most nutrition from your food budget. Refuse to waste your money on processed foods, watch how you prepare your foods, and avoid toxic cookware. A few changes in the kitchen can dramatically affect your family’s health and vitality. Happy healthy cooking!

Dr. Mary Tobin, L.A.c., Director of Tobin Acupuncture and Anti-Aging Center, will be presenting “Healthy Cooking” third in the Healthy You seminar series held at Studio Cie Wellness Spa on Tuesday, May 22 at 7:00pm – 8:30pm. Dr. Tobin will discuss healthy food and cookware choices, hold a live food demonstration and test your pots and pans for cooking safety. Seating is limited. Register by calling 562-924-9524.

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