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Why you should go for boiled food

By Carol Kabega

Added 30th January 2018 05:50 PM

Eating boiled food should not be for the rich alone because living healthy has a direct implication on our household income and standard of living.

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Eating boiled food should not be for the rich alone because living healthy has a direct implication on our household income and standard of living.

HEALTH

UGANDA - Times have greatly changed. Forget the days when eating fast foods with oil swimming on top were trendy. Much as this has not really phased out, it is surely being wiped out.

The ‘boiled food’ trend has been taken up by restaurants, most of which sell the food expensively. The question of whether preparing boiled food is more expensive than cooking fried food is a question for another day.
Unlike the old days when eating boiled food was associated with being of low class and old-fashioned, it is the language of the rich today.

Eating boiled food should not be for the rich alone because living healthy has a direct implication on our household income and standard of living. You can do it at home.

Here are the eight benefits of eating boiled food

1 Aids in weight loss
If losing weight is your goal, then add boiled vegetables to your diet plan. As vegetables are low in calories and high in nutrients and water, they aid in losing weight in a healthy manner. All you need to make sure is consume boiled vegetables, as they are fat-free (as compared to normally cooked vegetables). Additionally, boiled vegetables contain high amounts of fibre helping in weight management.

2. Prevents acidity
You can combat acidity by consuming boiled vegetables as they not only require less stomach acid to digest food but are also quickly cleared from the stomach. In this way, the amount of time these vegetables spend in your stomach is reduced, thereby lowering your risk of suffering from acidity.

3. Treats and prevents kidney stones
If you are suffering from kidney stones, include boiled food in your diet to avoid health complications. As boiling removes 87% of oxalates (compounds that play a key role in the formation of kidney stones) present in foods, consuming boiled vegetables regularly helps in the treatment of the condition. Apart from this, adding boiled vegetables to your meals prevents kidney stones.

4. Easy to digest
It goes without saying that boiled foods are easy to digest and quickly assimilated by the stomach. This is because, boiling food breaks down the complex compounds present in them into their simpler form, which are easily digestible. Apart from this, boiled vegetables can be chewed easily and hence, are good for people suffering from health problems like fever or diarrhoea.

5. Provides healthy skin
To attain a natural radiant complexion, it is important to eat a healthy diet and stay hydrated. This can be achieved by consuming boiled foods that are high in water content and essential nutrients like antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that prevent skin problems. Eat boiled vegetables like carrots, spinach, tomatoes, beetroot or sweet potatoes for a healthy and glowing skin.

6. Promotes hair growth
A Hair transplant surgeon Sakshi Sareen says use of vegetables such as carrots aid in hair growth by stimulating hair follicles. All you need to do is boil some carrots, grind them by adding water (add same water that you boiled them in). Apply this paste on your scalp and leave it on for 30 minutes. Wash it off with warm water. Do this regularly for effective results.

7. Used as weaning food for babies
You may not be aware of the fact that boiled vegetables are an excellent weaning option for babies to start off with. A boiled and mashed potato or boiled vegetable soup is something that can make your child’s stomach full and also provides all the essential nutrients. Also, boiled vegetables are easy to digest, low in calories and high in water content.

8. Helps in treat inflammation of the stomach
Inflammation of stomach caused by bacteria Helicobacter pylori can be treated by making few dietary changes such as consuming boiled vegetables. As vegetables cooked in this manner are easily digested and hence, the pressure on the stomach (to digest food) is reduced. Also, as the complex compounds present in food are broken down into simpler forms they aid in easy recovery from the infection.


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