What are Flavonoids? How To Cook Without Damaging these Nutrients?
When you buy cooking ingredients, you look for the freshest vegetables, rich in color, because you know they are the most flavourful. By the end of the cooking process however almost all the color is gone! The fresh and colorful vegetables look dull and grayed-out. Why is that? How can you prevent this? Believe it or not, the color in your food is made possible because of an important group of nutritients called flavonoids. Read this article to find out what are flavonoids and how important they are in your body?
What are flavonoids?
Flavonoids are a diverse group of phytonutrients (plant chemicals) found in almost all fruits and vegetables. Along with carotenoids, they are responsible for the vivid colors in fruits and vegetables. Flavonoids are the largest group of phytonutrients, with more than 6,000 types. Some of the best-known flavonoids are quercetin and kaempferol.
How important are flavonoids in the body?
Like other phytonutrients, flavonoids are powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits. Recent research has shown that flavonoids aid longevity, weight management, and prevention of diabetes. Diets rich in flavonoid-containing foods are associated with prevention of cancer, neuro-degenerative and cardiovascular disease prevention.
Which foods contain Flavonoids?
Almost all vegetables and fruits, and many spices are a rich source of flavonoids. Flavonoids are often concentrated in the skins and outer areas of fruits and vegetables. For that reason, it is better not to cut up fruit, which damages the skin, until you are ready to eat it.
How cooking destroys them and how to prevent this?
People who’d love to benefit from these amazing set of nutrients should also be aware that cooking could change the flavonoid make-up in vegetables and fruits. According to World’s Healthiest Foods, up to 80 percent of flavonoids can be lost in the cooking process. A good way to tell if your food is losing nutrients is by its color; if its normally vivid colors start to fade while being boiled or cooked, your food is losing its phytonutrients.
The best way to cook food without losing flavonoids is to cook without loosing these vibrant colors. Cooking in a pure-clay pot does just that! See below a picture of steamed vegetables, they hardly look like they are cooked, but when you “fork” them they are fully done. This is due to the fact that pure clay cooks with a very different, gentle, far infrared heat that preserves delicate and essential nutrients like flavonoids. With other cookware these nutrients get destroyed because of the harsh heat radiating from the walls of the pot.
Knowing what are flavonoids and how to cook by preserving them is important in creating truly healthy and nutritious meals for your family. Many healthy cooks who cook regularly in pure clay have reported better taste and rich color of food after cooking in a clay pot in comparison to cooking the same food in pots made from other materials. Further substantiating how flavonoids are preserved in pure clay pots and pans.
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