A pressure cooker simply put is a lidded pot that seals out air, but locks in steam thus creating “pressure” that cooks foods evenly and quickly. People often praise the foods cooked in a pressure cooker for being moist and flavorful many like the aspect of not having to add oil, butter or any additives to help with the cooking process. This is fine but there lies one problem that may affect the healthfulness of the food cooked inside.
Pressure cookers often are made from reactive metals which means when these materials are exposed to high heat they leach into your food. That doesn’t sound very healthy does it? These metals can also cause the loss of your foods’ nutritional value with the high heat they cook with, damaging the delicate nutritional cells and in the case of pressure cooking further damaging the food with extremely high amounts of steam pressure. On a another note the food doesn’t come out as flavorful because one would have to add extra water to help create enough steam to maintain pressure inside the pot.
Can you pressure cook your food without chemicals leaching? Can you use a steam cooker