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Cook Carrots Whole to Increase Anticancer Properties

Healthy Cooking Tip: Cook Your Carrots Whole

Orange and sweet, carrots rank as one of my favorite foods. Recent research has revealed that the carrot, similar to the potato, retains more of its cancer-fighting nutrients when cooked whole.


The anticancer properties of carrots are enhanced by 25 percent when not chopped preboil. When you chop a carrot, you increase the surface area of the veggie, so more nutrients leach into the water when boiled. The researcher wholeheartedly believe that carrots taste sweeter when cooked whole, for the root veggies retain their natural sugars.

While steaming carrots is my cooking method of choice, I am not sure I will try to steam mine whole. Roasting whole carrots, on the other hand, is something I already do. How do you cook your carrots? Will you be cooking them whole from now on?

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greykatt greykatt 7 years
I LOVE carrots! They are very versitile. It's because of that versitily that carrots can play many roles in the kitchen. Salad, carmelized, even ice cream! I have always loved the taste and cruch factor of carrots. I would love to see more recipies!
OChottie OChottie 8 years
Yes except of course if steaming. I eat them raw, saute'd, steamed, roasted etc.
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