“Without health there is no happiness. An attention to health, then, should take the place of every other object.” – Thomas Jefferson
There are so many reasons to cook with a thermo circulator, but today I want to take a moment to focus on the health benefits of sous vide cooking. So often we focus on the other perks of sous vide – consistent and beautiful results, ease of use, longer storage periods for prepared foods, more aesthetically pleasing food, better flavors – yet remain less aware of the health benefits.
“Health isn’t everything, but without it, everything else is nothing.” – Schoepenhauer
Great health is a subject that we as a society are obsessed with, and for a good reason. It affects our daily experiences. Aches, pains, and illnesses do not only affect the part of the body to which they are localized; all of the complementary systems of the body work together to heal. What we experience as a toothache triggers the circulatory system to send more blood to the area, the lymphatic system to bolster the immune system, the nervous system to tell us we’re feeling the pain, AND the adrenal system to affect how we “feel” about the pain with hormone release! Most recently, it has been recognized that the gut (and therefore our digestive system) is the seat of the immune system. And this is where we can start to see the health benefits of sous vide come into play.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates
There always as been a recognized connection between the food we consume and our health. We have a multi-billion dollar thriving diet industry, with books about the latest trends in food and health consistently making bestseller lists. There are endless television shows and documentaries about healthy eating and getting healthier in general. Every magazine in the checkout aisle at the grocery store features at least one health-related article.
Sous Vide cooking has so much health benefits
Sous vide retains more nutrients and vitamins than other methods of cooking
Exposure to heat, water, and oxygen are the things that typically destabilize all of those wonderful nutrients when we’re cooking, whether by charring meat to over-carbonization or leaching vitamins into water while boiling. Because your food is encapsulated in a neat little package, all of those goodies are sealed in.
Sous vide makes it easier to digest most foods
Many vegetables require at least light cooking to make their nutrients most bioavailable, or easy for our body to access through digestion. Cooking animal proteins, and in particular land-based ones (though fish contain collagen, as well), breaks down collagen into gelatin, which is easier for our body to absorb.
Sous vide encourages a more youthful appearance, happier gut, and strong joints
We do not use extra fat to cook and that’s because we don’t have to prevent food from sticking to a cooking surface for extended periods of time. Don’t get us wrong, we LOVE good fats. We also often lubricate our pans to sear a perfectly cooked steak post-sous vide! However, the *required* amount is much less. It is also not entirely necessary depending on what kind of pan or searing tool you use.
Proper sous vide techniques increase at-home food safety
This is an important topic to many peoples. As long as you meet minimum cook times and cook above 131ºF/55ºC for red meat and 140ºF/60ºC for poultry, you are effectively *pasteurizing* your meat and killing off any potentially harmful bacteria.
You can *sterilize* the surface of your food with a 30 second dip in boiling water or a quick pre-sear to further ensure food safety! The final sear doesn’t just bring your food that beautiful color and texture. It also deals with any bacteria that may have developed during cooking.
Sous vide makes it easy to prepare larger quantities of healthy meals in advance
I’m sure you can see there are a multitude of health benefits to eat from cooking sous vide! And that is just what we want you to be: your healthiest, best selves.