Cooking food using an oven has been around for many centuries, but technology has taken over the way we cook our food, and traditional methods of cooking are slowly being replaced by more practical and economical ways. But these innovations in cooking are not always favourable to people’s health, as some of them use harmful elements in manufacturing these cooking implements that can mix with food over time. Wood fired ovens have been in use for many years, and it is one of the best cooking options health-wise.
Less cooking time means fewer nutrients lost
A commercial wood fired oven or even one used at home heats up to as much as 800 degrees Fahrenheit, meaning the oven is very hot and requires only a few minutes to cook food. The higher the temperature, the faster the food will be cooked. And the faster the food is cooked, the fewer nutrients are lost. Food that is cooked for a long period tends to lose its nutrients by the time it is ready to be eaten. This means the body absorbs fewer nutrients from the food.
Keeping food warm prolongs its life
When the fire has died down, the oven still retains heat for a few hours. Using this leftover heat to keep food warm will allow you to save on gas or electricity for heating food. You can leave food inside the oven to keep warm. It will also prolong the life of the food and will not go bad quickly.
No harmful contaminants
Other cooking methods contain elements such as chemicals and metals that can be harmful if they mix with food. Metals and chemicals are proven to have adverse effects on the body if ingested. Wood fired ovens do not have contaminants, instead, they give a smoky and aromatic flavour to the food that other cooking appliances do not.
This may not be directly health-related, but using wood fired ovens are more environmentally friendly compared to gas and electric powered ovens, which use up energy that can no longer be replaced. Using wood for cooking does not use too much energy, so you get to contribute to the preservation of a healthy environment. The wood used is hardwood, which is in abundance and not in danger of running out.
In this day and age when junk food has invaded our pantries and refrigerators, it has become more and more important to prepare food the healthy way so that illnesses caused by unhealthy food can be kept at bay. Although cooking in a wood fired oven takes longer and requires more cleaning time, the health benefits you get from it will be worth it.