We at Mr Mango delivery thought you, our wonderful customers, would be interested in the healthiest ways to cook your HMC approved Halal meat.
There are countless methods to cooking meat but not all are what you’d call “healthy.”
So, here are the top 3 techniques to cook your meat in the most guilt-free and health conscious ways known to mankind!
Now I know what you’re thinking. You think grill and an image an unhealthy barbecue comes to mind but, if George Foreman has taught us anything, grilling can be a very healthy cooking option.
Grilling is extremely popular as it requires few additional fats (like oil) whilst retaining the meat’s nutrients. It also adds a smoky flavour which many find appealing.
However, there are some things you should avoid when cooking your meat on the grill including chargrilling. Regularly consuming chargrilled meat has been linked to pancreatic and breast cancer.
Furthermore, when meat is grilled at high temperatures, the animal fat which melts onto the cooking surface creates a toxic chemical called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs); these are known carcinogens i.e. cancer causing agents.
I know this sounds concerning but if you remove the meat drippings once cooked, PAH formation can be reduced by a whopping 89%!
Overall, if you don’t overly cook your meat and get rid of the drippings when cooked, you will be consuming leaner meat full of nutrients!
Poaching is not just for eggs! It’s a great way to cook delicate foods such as chicken because liquid, not fat, carries the heat into the meat whilst cooking.
Although poaching may take a little longer to cook meat than grilling due to the lower cooking temperature, research has shown that a little more patience at the stove may not be such a bad thing.
Cooking with moist heat at low temperatures can minimise the production of advanced glycation products (AGEs) which have been associated with diseases including heart and kidney disease.
The trade off with poaching is that some of the meat’s nutrients may be lost; in particular Vitamin B.
Poaching is relatively shorter than the similar methods of steaming or simmering so in terms of moist heat methods, it’s your best bet!
Pressure cooking is very quick and healthy way to cook meat!
A big advantage off pressure cooking is that due to its quickness, the meat’s vitamins and minerals are kept intact.
Also, the cooker seals the meat in steam created by the boiling water meaning flavours are intensified and no extra oil or fat is needed.
The only disadvantage is that this method may result in some meats becoming overly soft but after some trial and error with various meats, this shouldn’t be a long-term issue.
And that is our top 3 ways to cook meat in the healthiest way possible! Which way do you prefer to cook your meat? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!