Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Heart Healthy Cooking

We have all heard about the importance of heart health and how to maintain it through our diet. A lot of what we do in the kitchen depends on the kitchen tools and knowledge we own. It takes both to succeed. To follow the principles of heart healthy cooking requires cookware of such heavy gauge that only the minimum amount of oil is necessary to keep the food from sticking to the pan. Any food made in the heavy-gauge cookware can be low-fat. And low-fat food is the focal point of heart healthy cooking.

Any recipe can be changed to a low fat recipe if your cookware is of heavy-gauge construction. Be sure to use the healthiest oil possible, such as olive or canola oil. And use as little as possible. Before you reach for the oil bottle, you should try a water saute to get things going. Use the oil sparingly, as a moisturizing agent or browning aid. A good oil can add desirable flavor, but don't let that overpower the flavors of spices and other components.

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