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Microwaving Vegetables Keeps Nutrients Safe

Nuke Veggies to Keep Them Healthy

Look, I will be the first to admit that I've done a bit of microwave bashing in my day. However, a new study has come along and managed to make me eat my words . . . and my veggies. Here's why: in the study researchers found that on the whole, microwaving vegetables and fruits as a means to cook them was the least destructive to nutrients like vitamin C compared to other methods (aside from steaming). This is mainly because cooking methods like baking and grilling exposes foods to higher temperatures and more cooking time, which is destructive to nutrients.

However, go easy on the water because whenever vegetables are immersed in cooking liquid, water-soluble nutrients seep out of the food and into the surrounding liquid, which is why boiling them is not the best option either. To keep the nutrients intact when microwaving, you need only a couple of tablespoons of water to cook raw vegetables. The frozen ones need no extra liquid at all.


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Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 9 years
I just got some ziploc bags where you can steam veggies in the microwave. Haven't tried them yet though.
nikkih nikkih 9 years
Wow. This is interesting news, I always heard microwaving was bad for veggies.
emalove emalove 9 years
I prefer to steam veggies, but I do microwave them sometimes.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Good to know...
nuri nuri 9 years
To those who still think it is unhealthy, is there a specific reason you think it is? Just trying to get all sides. I cook mine all different ways, depending on my mood and time restraints.
randomname12345 randomname12345 9 years
I wonder how nuking it in the microwave compares with roasting them on a tray in the oven. I imagine they'd be about the same health-wise, but the oven-done version more flavorful.
HipMom HipMom 9 years
I'm with you dunnonuttin - I also think it's unhealthy.
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
I put microwave broccoli in a bowl then put a plate on top of it and microwave that for about 3 minutes; stir, 3 more minutes. That way they are very nice and hot! I don't like the idea of microwaving raw veggies though, i'd rather just put them in a pan with some olive oil.
LOVErickii LOVErickii 9 years
i like to steam my fresh veggies in the microwave its just quicker that way and theres less to wash up after =D
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 9 years
I'll probably be the only one; but I disagree. I think microwaved food is unhealthy.
heyjen19 heyjen19 9 years
I've been microwaving veggies forever mainly becuase its the quickest and easiest when I get home from work. My favorite is frozen broccoli, no water is needed in the bowl and then when its done in about 2 1/2 minutes, i sprinkle some grated cheese on top...Delish!
nancita nancita 9 years
That's cool! I had no idea.
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