Better cooked or raw? What should know about your vegetables
How much vegetables do you incorporate into your meals daily? I bet a lot of people haven’t had vegetables in a long while but they should.
Vegetables and fruits are an important part of a healthy diet, and the variety is as important as quantity.
Listed are some of the ways to prepare and eat your vegetables in other to maximize its nutrients.
It is better to cook before eating as this will help release a higher level of lycopene and other antioxidants.
Carrot: Cooked or Raw.
When cooked it releases more beta-carotene which is converted in the body to vitamin A.
Broccoli: Raw or steamed.
When eaten raw, it releases a higher level of the enzyme called myrosinase which helps to block the growth of cancer cell. Steamed broccoli has a lot of better potential for reducing cholesterol.
Cabbage: Raw or Steamed.
When eaten raw, you get more vitamin C and folate compared to when steamed or boiled. .
Raw kale has more vitamin C, beta-carotene and polyphenols. Cooking kale will reduce vitamin C and other antioxidants. .
Red pepper: Raw, stir fry or Roasted.
Red pepper loses most of its nutrients and antioxidants when cooked. .
Onion and Garlic: Raw or Cooked.
Any method you decide to use, onion and garlic will retain most of its nutrients.