I hardly ever buy "new stuff" and when I do its usually for my daughter. But the more I read and read, I realized that even though I eat pretty well, (I'd give myself a 9/ 9.5 out of 10), I may not be getting all of the available nutrients from my food. On top of that, even though I eat raw veggies, my daughter doesn't. Not to mention, since she is just now getting her molars and pre0molars, I don't quite expect her to. She won't break the food down adequately anyway.
All of that being said, I decided I needed a good median between raw foods and sauteed/boiled foods. Of course, sauteed foods taste great, even if cooked lightly in some organic extra virgin olive oil and salt free seasonings (the way I usually do it). It turns out, boiling veggies takes almost all the nutrients from food. I rarely if ever boil anything, even brown rice. So, I decided it's time to invest in a steamer.
What's the point in buying organic food and eating a wide range of veggies and fruit, only to reap (at most) 75% of the goodness in them? That's in a nutshell why I decided to invest in a steamer. It took me a while to actually purchase one, as most of the ones in my price range contain BPA. I think its pointless using a steamer if I'm poisoning myself at the same time, so that was a definite no no.
There were a lot of pros and cons I had to wade through. Do I really want to pay an extra ten to thirty dollars for a digital versus manual one? Do I absolutely NEED a timer? Do I need 3 tiers instead of one or two?
And of course I must read 90% of customer comments. I knew I didnt want one that was hard to clean and gathered mold. I also knew I wanted one that I could refill with water as needed while the food was cooking. I had no idea there were so many things to consider, but once I started searching, I wanted to make sure my money was well invested.
Even though it took me a while to find the steamer that was just right for me, I would most definitely encourage you to look into the purchase of one. If we're eating organic and lots of veggies and whole grains, we want to get 100% of the nutritional content of our food. We don't want our vegetables cooked to death. Istead, we want crisp delicious produce with 100% of the fiber and antioxidant "goodness".