Pressure cookers have been existent since the 17th century, but still many people fear using them. Some even perceive pressure cookers to be dangerous because of the explosions and screeching sound older versions of pressure cookers used to make.However, modern pressure cookers have entirely dealt with the risks associated with pressure cooking. They have eliminated the explosion incidences and even the annoying sound. You can now enjoy the delicious, healthy pressure-cooked meal that you have always loved.
Modern-day pressure cookers come with trivets and racks. Trivets help raise your meal off the bottom of the cooker. For instance, if you are pressure-cooking a whole chicken, you should use the trivet for this recipe. Pressure cookers have enhanced the cooking experience, but also health benefits resulting from their use have stood out too.
Here are the health benefits of pressure cooking:
Retains Most of the Nutrients in Foods
Meals cooked using a pressure cooker have a higher nutrition content that those cooked with ordinary cooking pots. This is because pressure cooking food is quicker when compared to using traditional cookware. The amount of time taken boiling your food directly relates to the amount of nutrients destroyed.
When you use a pressure cooker, less liquid is used to cook your food. The liquid quickly boils away leaving the majority of the food’s nutrients intact. Food that is cooked in a very short time is less likely to lose vitamins, minerals and even flavor.
Reduces Harmful Compounds in Foods
High heat cooking can release compounds like acrylamide and heterocyclic amines. These two compounds can pose health issues once ingested. Other foods like legumes contain lectins and phytic acid, which also is not suitable for your health. Using a pressure cooker helps eliminate or reduce the severity of these compounds.Pressure cooking releases steam pressure, which eliminates acrylamide and heterocyclic amines, which can cause cancer. It also dramatically reduces the content of compounds like phytic acid. This way, you get to enjoy a tasty and healthy meal.
Makes Foods Highly Digestible
You can have a meal that tastes very good, but it is much like a waste if its nutrients are not absorbed into your body. Pressure cooking foods makes them highly digestible, meaning you get the maximum nutritive value from the diet.
The steam and heat of the pressure cooker make the toughest grain or meat tender making them easier to digest.Even the legumes available in proteins are easily digested when pressure-cooked.