Vegetables: To Cook or Not To Cook

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Ask 100 people and get 100 different answers.  Should you cook your vegetables or eat them raw?

There are many people out there who will tell you that cooking vegetables actually destroys their cooked or raw vegetablesnutrients. The fact is, there is truth to this argument.

It is also true that cooking vegetables makes many of their nutrients easier to absorb.

So which is it? Eating vegetables raw or cooked?

Let’s take a step back here…Prehistoric man mastered the art of fire and cooking perhaps as early as 1.5 million years ago.  This means that for the majority of human evolution, our ancestors have been eating cooked food.  Some believe that the advent of cooking may be one of the most important factors in our success as a species because it greatly increased the nutrition that could be digested out of our food for a lower energy expenditure.

While some nutrients are lost in cooking, we are compensated by the many other nutrients that are increased during cooking.  Heat breaks down the thick walls of a plant’s cells, which makes any nutrients available to our body for digestion.

The verdict?

Hedge your bets and mix it up. Cook some of your vegetables and eat some others raw.  Sometimes cook your carrots and sometimes eat them straight out of the bag.  Do whatever works for you and whatever is most convenient.  As long as you eat your vegetables and you enjoy the way they taste it really doesn’t matter that much.

What are your thoughts?

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