To think about cooking as purely functional would be to look at just one aspect of it. When in fact there are several reasons why we cook.
Cooking makes food more edible and in doing so cuts down on the time it takes to digest it.
Some foods we can eat raw, but there are others that need to be cooked, like meat or eggs for example.
Humankind has been on the earth for thousands of years and throughout the centuries we have learned the art of cooking.
Yes cooking is an art. If you are a professional-cook or not – when you put together different flavors you are creating a dish to satisfy your taste and hunger.
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The bottom line is, we have learned through trial and error that some foods need to be cooked.
So again, ever thought while you are preparing something to eat, why you cook it?
Why We Cook
It makes eating food safe, as cooking destroys bacteria, and the toxins they produce.
The food flavors multiple with using heat to cook. The heat browns meat, vegetables, breads, and cakes.
Cooking caramelizes sugar and helps herbs and spices to release their locked in flavors in a process known as the Maillard reaction.
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Food that has been cooked helps with your digestion as it softens starches and releases foods nutrients.
Cooked food tastes delicious and brings new textures to food.
Cooking To Gather Family and Friends
You may have heard the expression, make friends by “breaking bread together.”
Research has shown that the ritual of cooking and sharing your cooked food with others is entrenched in our psyche, and it brings family and friends together.
Regularly eating cooked food with others also improves our well-being.
Cooking Supports A Healthy Life Style
Here’s a great response to why we cook.
Julia A. Wolfson, MPP, lead author of a study on home cooking and weight lossat the John Hopkins Center, says if you are trying to lose weight or not, people who cook most of their meals at home, consume fewer carbohydrates, less sugar and less fat than those who cook less or not at all (Study Suggests Home Cooking is a Main Ingredient in Healthier Diet).
According to Civil Eats – The power of a communal meal, or eating together – either it be a Thanksgiving feast, a community potluck, or a dinner-table gathering can build cultural ties and tear down political walls.
So now you know. Let’s get cooking.
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