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Does amaranth have to be cooked?

I hate cooking. I drink a lot of smoothies. Can I simply add the uncooked amaranth seeds to my smoothies, or does it have to be cooked in order to get the nutrients?

Answer:

Unfortunately Amaranth does contain Phytic acid so needs to be soaked before cooking to remove as much phytic acid as possible. Phytic acid inhibits the absorption of a variety of nutrients and minerals so it would be counter productive to add raw Amaranth to your smoothies.

Water absorption and calories in grains

Hi! I recently read a website here: http://www.foodiefiasco.com/2012/01/10/how-to-prepeare-low-calorie-quinoa/ where the writer recommends cooking grains in twice the amount of recommended water to make them much lower in calories per serving. I guess it’s because they swell up with water so there is more for fewer calories. Can this really work?! Also, if it does work for grains, would it also work for beans and other foods you soak? Thanks for your guidance.

Answer:

Hi, soaking grains or beans in water for longer does not reduce calories in any way. If you soak 100 grams of grains in water for 10 hours, it will still contain exactly the same amount of calories as 100 grams of grains soaked in water for 5 hours. The difference is that the grain that was soaked for 10 hours may possibly have absorbed more water and thus have a swelled up in size more. You might then only need to use half the amount of grains in the dish you are preparing and therefore have used less grains, which will mean less calories. Different grains, seeds and beans absorb water differently, but there is no reason for you not to try and experiment.

Question about kale

Hello, can you advise me how long I should keep kale in fridge? Thanks a lot.

Answer:

Whilst some vegetables can remain in an edible state for a week or two when refrigerated, their nutritional value will have reduced significantly. For optimum nutritional benefits, it is always best to eat your vegetables within 3-4 days of purchase.

Seared meat

Is seared meat bad for us?

Answer:

It depends to what degree you are searing the meat, if you are cooking the meat to the point that it has formed a black crust then the answer is mostly likely yes. It is believed that searing meats at high temperatures over 300f can cause the production of substances known as Heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). These substances are believed to be carcinogenic and consumption of heavily barbequed and fried meats have been linked with increased incidences of colon, pancreas, prostate. On the flip side there have been studies showing that consuming undercooked and rare meat has been linked to other forms of cancer, as well as the risk of food poisoning. As with most things in life it is about striking a balance. Nobody wants to eat steamed Broccoli and rice everyday. Occasionally consuming seared meat should not be a problem as long the rest of your diet is well balanced.

Already deep fried then steam to reheat

Hi, This would probably seem like a really stupid question but let’s say I have a deep fried food and I put it in the fridge but then reheat it by steaming it. Does it reduce the fat if I steam it? At all?

Answer:

Unfortunately this is not going to reduce the amount of calories in the food your reheating. The fat is stored in the fried coating, whether its reheated or not, will not make any difference.