There’s a lot to be said about healthy eating and cooking, but the vast majority of the conversation focuses on the food itself. This, of course, makes sense. The basis for eating with your health in mind is always going to be on the food you consume; the need to eat as many fresh fruit and vegetables as possible; and to avoid the food that’s known to have negative health implications.
However, if you truly want to eat in a health-conscious way, then there’s a few other areas that are going to require your attention. Read on for an overview of how healthy eating isn’t isn’t solely about the food you choose, and the aspects of the cooking and eating process that also require your attention…
Cleanliness in the kitchen
Few people who are passionate about food will ever let their kitchen fall into a state of disrepair, but we all have momentary slips when our cleaning habits aren’t quite as thorough as they might be. It’s therefore worth occasionally reminding yourself of the basic rules of kitchen cleanliness, and the potential consequences of overlooking this.
The consequences to be aware of? Food poisoning should always be top of the list. We’ve all been there, done that, and have no desire to return to it, but it’s helpful to remind yourself of how awful food poisoning is the next time you’re cooking in a rush. Taking extra care to ensure you’re using clean utensils, are separating the surfaces on which you prepare meat, and
The equipment you use how you use your kitchen cleaning cloths are always going to stand you in good stead.
If you want to ensure a healthy cooking process, then you need to be very careful of the equipment you use. The first area to examine is “non-stick” coatings, many of which are made from forms of plastic. Some people link these coatings to various health ailments, so if this concerns you, you might want to look for non-toxic alternatives.
The second area to focus on is, once again, plastic-related. Studies have shown that harmful chemicals in plastic food containers can actually contaminate the food, so you may want to consider a switch to glass or stainless steel alternatives.
Portion control and serving sizes
Even if a food is incredibly good for you, if you eat too much of it, then it’s going to become bad for you. Good portion control can be tricky, and it’s an area any health-conscious cook is going to want to monitor. This video is well worth the watch if this is an area you tend to struggle with:
Of course the food that you choose to eat is always going to be an important component of cooking and eating healthily, but the food itself is not the end of the story. By ensuring you keep an eye on the areas above, you can be completely satisfied that everything you eat — and how you prepare it — is as healthy as possible.