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Raw vs. Cooked: Veggie Edition

Springtime means more and more vegetables are in season. When produce is in season, it is both tasty and cheap. However, I do prefer some of my veggies cooked, but are they just as nutritious as raw? Take this quiz on cooking veggies and nutritional values and see.

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Raw vs. Cooked: Veggie Edition

Is the antioxidant beta-carotene more available when carrots are cooked or raw?

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opentypeA opentypeA 7 years
Man, 1/5...I suck. :-P But #3 was a trick question! I knew SOMETHING increased when cooked!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Just to spice up the debate between you guys, lilkimbo and wackdoodle...rhubarb is botanically a vegetable yet we eat it like a fruit, so anything goes, I guess. I'm not going to argue about the vegetable-ness of a tomato or anything, but I do love all veggies (except okra), raw or cooked. I regularly eat them both ways, so I guess I get all the nutrient power. Also, just FYI...cooking tomatoes actually increases the available lycopene in them, so those are another veggie that's better off being cooked.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I've studied botany, wack. A tomato does fit that definition. In fact, the definition went on to state, "such as a tomato..." And I only took it personally because you actually directed it towards me...You said, "lilkimbo..." It's difficult to not take a statement personally when it starts with your name.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
Perhaps you also agree with Ronald Reagan that Ketchup should be considered a vegetable? j/k
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
Now I have to say if you want to know the answer to your question lilkimbo you would need to study Botany.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
Using an analogy lilkimbo. I am speaking so that anyone can understand me. I have a cognitive disorder if you must know and at times I have enormous difficulty find a word that I want so I have to substitute words with ones that readily or easily come to mind. Sorry if the way I must write offends you. Suggest you don't read what I wrote also don't take what I write to no one in particular personally. I don't.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I disagree. Having seeds qualifies something as a fruit. It does not disqualify it from being a vegetable.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Here is the dictionary definition of vegetable:
any plant whose fruit, seeds, roots, tubers, bulbs, stems, leaves, or flower parts are used as food
How does tomato not fulfill that definition?
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
A simple scientific definition of what is a vegetable is pretty much the part of a plant that is not a fruit is a vegetable. How something is used does not determine what it is by nature. The question to ask yourself about whether a food is a fruit or a vegetables is relatively simple - does it have seeds?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Wack, you explained to me why you made your first point about tomatoes being a fruit and not a vegetable, much like you would explain it to a child without basic reasoning skills.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Watching Nascar in your pjs doesn't exclude you from being a snob in certain subject areas. Good job at changing the discussion instead of providing anything to back up your opinion, though! Also, good job with focusing on Wikipedia rather than acknowledging that I also posted other links.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
I never ever said you were a moron or even assumed such a thing. I am simply stating and reaffirming fact. Tomatoes are a fruit not a vegetable. Yes tomatoes are used as if the were a fruit. But as if is not is.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Wack, what do you see as the scientific definition of a vegetable? Maybe my question was confusing. I wasn't trying to ask where you got your definition, I was asking what your definition is.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
When wiki is no longer subjective it can be considered a reliable source for reliable info. Me a snob - hardly. I watch NASCAR in my pjs.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Wack, contrary to what you seem to believe, I'm not a complete moron. I understand why you brought up your opinion that a tomato is always a fruit and never a vegetable. However, I disagree with that opinion and have provided evidence to show you why. So, since to me and many others, a tomato is in fact both a fruit and a vegetable, your point is moot.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
Science lilkimbo science provides you with a definition of what a fruit is and what a vegetable is. Why does it matter? It matters for any number of reasons. Your question is like asking why can't humans be considered canines? We all bite and scratch right. Yes, while we have similarities we also have major differences.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Additionally, I am tired of the bashing of Wikipedia that always goes on around the Sugar network. Yes, anyone can update it. However, they have fact checkers working around the clock in an effort to remove the incorrect information. Additionally, as I stated, Wikipedia articles contain links to the original sources of the information. This isn't an academic research paper; it's a discussion on a blog. To treat it as anything other than such is pure snobbery.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
Also lilkimbo please note this post purported to be about vegetables. Then an entire question wrongly identifies a fruit as a vegetable then proceeds to try to educate readers however if one cannot even ask questions about foods that are classified as vegetables then how is anyone suppose to trust any of the information that is being conveyed.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Just out of curiosity, how do you define a vegetable? And, why do fruit and vegetable have to be mutually exclusive?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
The Wikipedia article isn't the only one I gave and it offers links to support the information contained in it. Just because you refuse to comprehend that tomatoes are in fact both fruits and vegetables does not mean that they suddenly switch and are only fruits. Also, your opinion with absolutely no links to support it is far less accurate a source than an article with links to the information that backs it up.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
Once again, just because a group of people refuse to comprehend that tomatoes are in fact a fruit does not mean that thy suddenly switch and become a vegetable. Likewise there are veggies that are used almost exclusively as fruits that does not make them a fruit. Also wiki is about as reliable source for accurate/empirical info as the dealer on the corner.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
http://vegetablegardens.suite101.com/article.cfm/fruit_or_vegetable_
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
http://www.askoxford.com/asktheexperts/faq/aboutother/tomato?view=uk http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomato#Fruit_or_vegetable.3F
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