3 Tips for Making Haitian Cooking Healthy
Needless to say, just like many cultures, Haitian cooking can be filled with calories you may want to avoid. Here are 3 tips you can use to make Haitian cooking healthy.
- Use Brown rice instead of white rice
I know, the texture may be a little off, but Brown rice is an excellent source of magnesium, iron, selenium, manganese, and the vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B6. Brown rice is a good source of dietary fiber, protein, and gamma-oryzanol. White rice is brown rice that has had essential nutrients removed when processed in order to make it easier and faster to cook, and to give it a longer shelf life. This is accomplished by removing the bran, and with it, minerals and vitamins that are necessary in our diet.
- Avoid Hydrogenated Oils
Hydrogenation is the chemical name for the addition of hydrogen to an existing molecule. This was mainly used to increase the shelf life of many oils. Hydrogenation results in the conversion of liquid vegetable oils to solid or semi-solid fats, such as those present in margarine. There are some reports that this could lead to the hardening of arteries and therefore leading to heart disease.
- Reduce the Salt
Salt is sodium chloride, an inorganic chemical with no nutritive value. Chemically speaking, it is a crystalline product of the union of two elements — sodium and chlorine. One ounce of salt in the body requires about three quarts of water to hold it in solution. If you have four ounces of salt in your body you will be carrying the burden of three gallons of water — that’s 24 pounds! Obese or bloated persons can easily lose five to ten pounds in a few days by cutting out the salt. In addition, there is considerable evidence that suggests that excessive intake of salt is a factor in hypertension (high blood pressure).