When cooking food, the main consideration is to keep the vitamin and mineral content intact as much as possible. To preserve the precious nutritional content, cook at lower temperatures and if required, for a longer period of time. Try to avoid frying as this essentially destroys the nutrients.
The best cooking methods include
✅ Stir frying in water
Many homes rely on cooking in the microwave oven as a way to get food prepared and on the table quickly. There are some cautions to be aware of when preparing food in this manner. One of the health concerns with microwave cooking is if the food is coming into contact with plastic, such as the container in which the food is cooked and/or the plastic wrap used as covering. The concern is that the chemicals in the plastic can be leached into the food when heated at very high temperatures.
When cooking in the microwave oven follow these simple recommendations to minimise the risk of chemical contamination:
✅ Avoid cooking food in plastic containers.
✅ Do not cover food in plastic wrap.
✅ Cook in glass or ceramic containers using a glass lid if the foods has to be covered.
Wash used glass jars and re-use to store food
Most of the food we purchase is stored and packaged in either plastic bags, containers or bottles. On the underside of the container there are numbers displayed and this code indicates if there are any known health hazards associated with that particular plastic. The plastics that have no known health hazards are coded 2, 4 and 5. These are the safest and only cause problems if they are ingested.
When storing food at home, where possible store food in glass containers. This is especially important if the food has a long shelf life and stored over long periods of time.
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