The Benefits of Slow Cooking
Benefits? Yes, there are more than I realized when I began researching this blog post.
General Benefits of Slow Cooking
- We all know that a slow cooker or crock pot uses less electricity than turning on the oven or simmering something (like my grandmother’s spaghetti sauce) for hours. A Wonderbag uses even less electricity.
- Slow cooking can save you money by tenderizing less expensive cuts of meat.
- Brings out the natural flavors of foods
- Slow cooking requires less prep and clean up time (so you can have more fun).
- A slow cooker will keep foods hot and fresh longer so that family members who may eat at different times.
Health Benefits of Slow Cooking
Slow cooking is one of the healthiest ways to cook.
- There is less need to add additional seasonings because natural flavors are retained (less sodium needed).
- Natural juices are retained in the slow cooking process, hence, nutrients remain more stable.
- Tough and difficult to digest vegetables (for instance, root vegetables) are softened, making them easier to digest. For some people this is a concern.
- Slow cooking reduces cell damaging compounds called AGEs (advanced glycation end products) by 50%. These are found in meats and have been linked to inflammation, insulin resistance, diabetes, vascular and kidney disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
Additional Benefits of a Wonderbag
Wonderbags not only save natural resources, but SAVE LIVES too. The following statistics were available at the time of this writing from wonderbag.org.
Just 1 Wonderbag used for a year can reduce carbon emissions by 1 ton, save 1.7 trees, conserve 1,000 liters of cooking water, reduce indoor air pollution by 60% and give back almost 1500 hours of precious time.
Also, when you buy a Wonderbag through Amazon in the United States (don’t know about other countries) you are giving a Wonderbag to a family in need.
- What if you lived in a country where the forest near your home just didn’t exist anymore? “Near your home” may be miles away now because you and others had already been forced to use the forest that was once close to your home to heat your home and/or cook for your family. By cooking with a Wonderbag you can save that 1.7 trees. Furthermore, in a war torn country this could save a life.
- What if you had to travel to get clean water to cook with? How many hours would you spend traveling to get that water? Using a Wonderbag would greatly lessen the amount of water you had to use for cooking. Again, in a war torn country this could save a life.
- What if you kept an open fire in the kitchen of your home? The health of you and your family would surely suffer from chronic and sometimes fatal diseases from inhaling the smoke – especially if you had to keep that fire going all day just to cook. Here are links to just a few articles addressing this:
- What if you or your family had to travel to obtain fuel and water in a war torn country? You or your family could be hurt or killed. Here are a few more links:
- Read enough? Me too. That’s why I bought a Wonderbag when my old slow cooker cooked it’s last meal . . .