Better For Eat Fruits And Vegetables Cooked Or Raw?

August 13, 2019

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Fruits and vegetables takes their best when they're in season and at the peak of their freshness. And since we all could use more of them in our diet, is it better to eat them raw or cooked? It depends. Some foods actually get healthier with cooking and others lose a lot of their nutritional value, so there's no black-and-white answer. There is a lot of news about raw fruits and vegetables (those where the internal temperatures does not rise above 115°F), in they ease symptoms of depression and many believe eating raw foods can help slow aging, prevent disease and boost well-being. However recent news that cooking boosts the amount of the antioxidant lycopene in tomatoes and that cooking an also increase the amount of calcium some vegetables provide, offering more of the mineral for your body to absorb. So if you're looking for nutritional value, you may want to eat these veggies raw: onions (antiplatelet agents), garlic (selenium), bell peppers (Antioxidants) and broccoli (three times the amount of the cancer-fighting compound sulforaphane.) As for cooking: tomatoes (lycopene), spinach (calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc), carrots (beta-carotene), kale (calcium), Asparagus (vitamins A, C and E), and although mushrooms are not a vegetable, cooking them offers your body more antioxidants. One thing experts agree on is that if you're going to cook your produce, stay away from boiling. That method makes many nutrients leach into the water. One study published in the Journal of Food Science found that on average about 14% of antioxidants were lost in 20 vegetables when they were boiled. As for fruits, raw versions are packed with vitamins and minerals and often fiber, as well as antioxidants and other nutrients. Some people like to cook fruit because it concentrates the natural sugar, which makes the fruit taste even sweeter. As long as you don't add extra sugar during the cooking process. The key takeaway here, however, isn't to stress so much about how you eat your fruits and vegetables. Just make sure you eat them.

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SOURCE: Mother Nature Network

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