Designer Kitchens: Prepare Meals Sans Reducing the Health Benefits

Before you think of building and recreating one of those designer kitchens that you fell in love with, why not start doing a careful evaluation on your individual diet and that of your family and make a goal to become health conscious and start eating properly.

What good are designer kitchens if families that own them are not taking a heavy-handed interest and care in their health? Millions of consumers from around the world today are taking into consideration the health benefits they get from the food they eat. More often than not, the busy life we have to face daily have driven us to close our eyes and go indulge in eating highly processed and refined foods.

This is also the reason why so many kitchens today are designed to conform to a home owners’ lifestyle; add to the fact that unhealthy ready-to-eat food packs laden with loads of preservatives are continuing to flood the market. Most kitchens today seemed to be designed for preparing and just heating instant meals. There are very few people today that shop for food and stick to the label-reading trend making sure that they are able to maximize nutrient absorption and keep track of what they eat to improve their family’s health.

People who are health conscious have adopted the Raw Food Diet. Medical experts believe that raw food is in every way superior compared to its processed or cooked counterpart. However, it is always wise to consult a medical practitioner before you commence adopting a certain way of eating or dieting as different individuals have different nutritional needs that only a medical practitioner can evaluate well.

Basic raw foods are those that are naturally grown foods that have not been cooked, packed, processed or canned such as fresh veggies, fruits and fresh fruit juices, herbs, seeds, sprouts and roots. Food that has not been heated is also considered raw food. Speaking of the health benefits of eating raw foods doesn’t mean that a homeowner cannot have the kitchen that his or her family have been dreaming of.

An important thing to remember and always keep in mind is to the healthiest food choices for your family to enjoy. This is to ensure optimal nutrition by meeting their dietary needs from the freshest ingredients available to you and your loved ones. To live healthy is to ensure that all your nutritional need are met and maintained as well.

It is vital to know and understand the many different types of food processing. This will allow you to also understand the many negative effects of consuming processed food. The best way is to choose healthy ingredients and go for home-cooked meals that are prepared in ways that still retain the healthiest elements of the ingredients.

Designer kitchens are not just designed and built for display or a space that you can show-off to friends and guests. Aim to have one that allows you to prepare and cook healthy meals using certain processes that does very little to reduce the health benefits derived from the raw ingredients.

The Health Benefits of Nutiva’s Coconut Oil

Since the 1960s, coconut oil has been unfairly labeled as “unhealthy.” The media reported studies of how tropical coconut oils were laden with artery-clogging fats. What was left out of these reports was the fact that the coconut oil used in the studies was not the virgin oil used for centuries but hydrogenated. We have since learned it’s the hydrogenation – artificially adding a hydrogen molecule to oils in order to make them shelf-stable – that’s the problem, not the coconut oil itself. Hydrogenated soy, corn, and canola oils – loaded with dangerous trans-fats and processed with toxic hexane solvents – are routinely added to packaged foods. Hydrogenation fattened corporate profits and American waistlines, and is now linked with trans-fats and associated heart disease.

Baby formulas often include coconut oil as an ingredient because coconut is such a healthy super food. Virgin coconut oil is rich in the “good fats” that doctors recommend and is cholesterol – and trans fat-free.

Health Properties of Lauric Acid

One of the “good fats” that makes up about 50% of coconut oil, is lauric acid. Lauric acid is a rare medium-chain fatty acid found in mother’s milk that is now being shown to have anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial health-protecting properties. Some researchers predict that lauric acid will become as well known in health circles as Omega-3 is today.

As studies reveal the downsides of consuming too many Omega-6 vegetable oils, coconut oil is making a comeback. We suggest consuming 3 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil a day.

Hydrogenated Trans Fat or Healing Coconut Oil?

The FDA started requiring the labeling of “trans fats” in 2006, and as a result the entire fat category is undergoing a review of its traditions and assumptions. Hemp and coconut oil products deliver the nourishing “good fats, which can play a vital role in our health. Millions of Americans are questioning the outmoded assumptions regarding “zero fat is good”, “tropical fats are bad,” and “lots of vegetable oils are beneficial”.

The traditional Pacific Islander diet included large quantities of coconut, and those who still follow this diet have a low incidence of heart disease or weight issues. When a Western-style diet including vegetable oils replaces their traditional diet, all of the fat-related diseases common in the developed nations begin to appear.

Besides its nutritional value, Coconut Oil also makes a luscious and soothing massage and body oil for dry and or damaged skin.