Far more so­phis­ti­cated than your stove-top pot, the lat­est steam­ers prep lean meals with pre­ci­sion. MH test-runs the best

Men's Health (UK) - - Agenda -

While stir-fries, stews and roasts cer­tainly have their place, for max­i­mum health ben­e­fits in the short­est time pos­si­ble you can’t do bet­ter than steam­ing. Af­ter all, if you’re se­lect­ing your in­gre­di­ents for their unique nu­tri­tional prop­er­ties as much as you are their flavour, then you need to con­sider how much of that good­ness will sur­vive the jour­ney from hob to plate.

Fry­ing and boil­ing gen­er­ally cause nu­tri­ent loss of 20-60%, but stud­ies show cru­cial vi­ta­mins and carotenoids are al­most en­tirely pre­served when steam­ing – which, when you’re plough­ing through an­other meal prep’s worth of sweet potato, is pretty sig­nif­i­cant.

But the con­tents of your steamer needn’t con­form to bland stereo­types, and nor is it hard to achieve the pre­cise tex­ture you want. The right steamer will leave your veg­eta­bles ten­der, while del­i­cately cook­ing your meats and fish with­out strip­ping them of mois­ture. Our MH Lab team took the lat­est mod­els over to the Good House­keep­ing In­sti­tute for rig­or­ous test­ing. Th­ese are our hot picks for health at the touch of a but­ton.

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