Cooking without oils

One of the healthiest “mini-conversions” people can make to rid their diets of excess calories, while honing in on super nutrition, is to learn how to use alternative ingredients and cooking methods that eliminate added fats and salt.

This is one of the most important components of the Eat To Live plan that I have been following religiously.  It’s not simply a weight-loss thing, like some people suppose.  It also helps to keep cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes (Type 2), and many other chronic disease in check.

zuchtopWhile there are so-called “healthy fats” that are essential to the body, most of these are easily attained through rich natural sources such as nuts and seeds.  Even with this knowledge, however, it is difficult for people to realize that cooking can be accomplished without the use of added oils, even the “healthy” ones.

So, relearning cooking methods and using alternative ingredients are essential if one really wants to succeed in eating an optimal nutritious diet without compromising for lack of knowledge.

When I came across this post, I knew it belonged on my blog.  I have seen some good articles, and some good videos on specific techniques, but this, perhaps, is the best one yet.

Posted on Forks Over Knives, this article, by Darshana Thacker, “Expert Tips on How to Cook Without Oil”, covers most all cooking methods with alternative suggestions and ingredients.  She also discusses cookware suggestions that are helpful.

Take a look at it, and let me know what you think about it!  I’d love to hear other ideas that are not included here.

Click this link to read this great article!

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The very high cost of salt

This is a pretty amazing study!  Salt reduction can save hundreds of millions of dollars in health care costs, according to a recent analysis from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).

Four states, including my own (Texas), stand to save over $1 billion annually from a salt-reduction effort:

From the study:

  • $2.4 billion for California
  • $1.6 billion for Texas
  • $1.2 billion for Florida
  • $1.2 billion for New York

Other states near the top of the list:

  • $787 million for Illinois
  • $782 million for Pennsylvania
  • $709 million for Ohio
  • $617 million for Georgia
  • $608 million for North Carolina
  • $606 million for Michigan
  • $546 million for New Jersey
  • $509 million for Virginia

Here’s a link to the summary article:

States Stand To Save Hundreds of Millions in Health Care Costs with National Sodium Reduction Effort ~ Newsroom ~ News from CSPI ~ Center for Science in the Public Interest.

And, here’s a link that will allow you to download the full 9-page report, that has a long list of resources and citations used for the analysis.

Reducing Sodium: A Look at State Savings in Health Care Costs