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With the humongous servings that restaurants serve these days, Americans have grown used to eating large amounts of food every day. This is good if the food that they eat is nutritious and lesser in calories. Unfortunately, this is not the case. That is why, it is important that when you do eat at home, you eat healthy and light as much as you can to counteract the calorie intake that you have gotten. This starts with cooking light.

Cooking light does not only depend on the ingredients but also the oil that you use. In fact, the oil can change the caloric and fat content of the dish. You see, even if all your ingredients are healthy, for instance, vegetables; but if you use oil that is based on animal fat, you will still have a not so healthy dish.

Here are some ways to ensure that you cook light and healthy for yourself and family

1. Use vegetable-based oil

This is the most important rule. Use oil that is vegetable based to ensure that what you are cooking your food with does not have much fats and calories in them. The most popular of these are  corn oil and palm oil. These oils are made up of what is called – good cholesterol. This kind actually helps in the functioning of the heart and balances out the bad cholesterol that we get from meats and animal fats.

2. No added chemicals

As much as you can, do not put any other chemicals or flavoring into your food that are not natural. It adds to the unhealthiness of the dish that you are serving. Powder flavoring may help enhance the taste in the dish that you are cooking but it can also cause liver and kidney problems because of its high salt content. Another thing to avoid is to use deep fried mixes and batter in your food, as this only adds to the caloric content of the food – but none to the nutritional content. Also, READ your labels. Spot out chemicals, such as nitrated and avoid them at all cost.

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3. Lessen the meat

Make it a habit to cook vegetables and seafood at home. Make meat portions 1/4 of your plate. This way, you and your kids will be getting the protein required, but less fat and cholesterol that meats give.  White meat such as chicken and turkey are considered healthier than red meats like pork and beef. And between these two, pork is better as you can easily remove the fats and not eat it unlike with beef, where fats are distributed inside the meat.

4. Cooking for less

One way to eat light is to psych yourself to also cook light, not only in caloric and fat content but also in the number of servings and portions. This is especially true if you are cooking for dinner. Cook less rice and more of the dishes. Do this gradually though. Drastic change in food intake can cause health problems. This is also not recommended if there are young children. With young children, it is important that you provide them with all the food that they need for growing up. This does not mean though that they should overeat but neither should you put them on a diet unless said so by a doctor.

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5. Cut the carbs

Bulk up the portions of fresh fruit and vegetables and reduce the rice, pasta and empty carbs. Not only are they not nutrient rich, carbs turn to sugar. Although they seem good because they fill you up quickly, too much sugar leads to diabetes and weight gain. Stick with small amount of starches, like potatoes, root vegetables or whole grains, such as farrow or cous cous instead.  Learn to Balance your Plate. 1/4 Meat/Protein, 1/4 Starch/Grains and 1/2 Fruit or Veggies.

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