For many years health experts have claimed that steaming is a far healthier option as compared to the various conventional methods that we employ to cook.
Steamed foods retain the nutritional value of foods. Steam cooking helps in preserving the fibre, colour, texture and flavour of vegetables, it also helps preserving the water soluble B & C vitamins, potassium, phosphorus & Zinc, hence important nutrients are preserved. Steaming preserves 90% of antioxidants in fresh vegetables.
Besides, steam cooking does not require oil and therefore we get a completely healthy meal and when cooking meats like chicken & fish, steaming removes the fat from the meat so it can be easily discarded. Getting rid of the fat makes the meat lower in calories and lower in cholesterol.
Picture credit: http://divalives.com/health-benefits-steamed-food/