Health Benefits to Steaming Food How can you lower cholesterol, lose weight, and get vitamins from a lamp chop? By cooking with steam. Steaming renders the fat from meat, leaving it in the water to be discarded. The conventional cooking methods broiling, baking and frying cook the fat back into the meat. Because steaming gets rid of fat, the meat is lower in calories and cholesterol. And you can steam any kind of meat steak, pork, chicken, or lamb.