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The Raw and The Cooked: Veggie Edition

To me, summertime means fresh veggies. They are in season, abundant and since they are so abundant, tasty and cheap. However, I do prefer some of my veggies cooked, but are they just as nutritious? Let's find out.

The Raw and The Cooked: Veggie Edition

Which has MORE Vitamin A?

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Marlovestar Marlovestar 8 years
I feel like I was tricked with this quiz. But I still love me some veggies raw, cooked, steamed, or frozen. Yum!
rbex rbex 10 years
I thought raw veggies had more nutrients!
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 10 years
Why the difference? does something about the nutrients themselves change when they are cooked? or is it because cooked veggies often lose a lot of the water, so you're actually getting more veggie mass per unit of volume?
forkyfork forkyfork 10 years
I agree with tralala. Shouldn't all of the answers say that raw has more nutrients? I don't understand how a carrot gets more vitamin A when cooked. I've always been told that vegetables are better to eat raw... and since I like things crunchy it is perfect for me. Of course, you could use a slow cooker and keep the nutrients in too, that way.
CamillaCat CamillaCat 10 years
I always heard that overcooked veggies kills a lot of the nutrients, so just slightly cook them. Even so, I still didn't know have those questions ;)
tralala2 tralala2 10 years
You can steam or blanch vegetables in low heat for very small amounts of time and still get the same nutrition. More importantly is making sure vegetables are chewed properly or chopped up. Looking deeper into the matter: http://whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=21 You can cook carrots and it will break down the fiber and retain the same amount of nutrients, but do not overcook, or it will lose nutrients. http://whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=9 Broccoli should be eaten raw or lightly steamed. http://whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=43#howtouse "Spinach is one of the few vegetables we suggest quick boiling (for one minute). That's because boiling will help to reduce the amount of oxalic acids found in spinach, resulting in a sweeter taste." Zucchini should be steamed or sauteed very quickly or just chewed/chopped properly. "The World's Healthiest Foods has long recommended quickly steaming or healthy sautéing as the best ways to cook vegetables to retain their nutrients. Several recent studies have confirmed this advice. The way you cook can dramatically impact the amount of nutrients your vegetables deliver." Heat is what helps break down foods properly in the body, but too much heat you will lose all source of nutrients. Heat can be caused by friction, your mouth, etc. Be careful not to overcook your veggies (1-3 min max).
tralala2 tralala2 10 years
Uhm.... what is your source for this? Your body can intake more of the nutrients from raw vegetables, not cooked, because your body properly breaks down the nutrients . It cannot properly break down the nutrients in cooked vegetables, and your body cannot absorb properly. You just end up passing it as waste. There are lots of resources that all would agree. Check http://whfoods.com/ for starts....
madison63 madison63 10 years
all these years my mom made us eat raw vegetables because she said they had more fiber that way... but I also learned that the phytonutrients get lost when they are cooked because of the heat and so when you steam broccoli the green tinged water one usually pours down the drain is actually where a lot of the nutrients are. (and I'm also wondering if what "cooked" means - if it means blanched, steamed and for how many minutes, etc.)
JBlondie JBlondie 10 years
That was very interesting Fit! I have always been a fan of raw veggies....but some I still like cooked...
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 10 years
It all sounds good to me!
ktacce ktacce 10 years
raw zuchinni does not sound delicious! :)
girlboy girlboy 10 years
yum i love veggies
kungfubunni kungfubunni 10 years
why do they all go up once you cook them!? crazy!
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