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    Cooked or Raw or Both

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    Durgan

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    Cooked or Raw or Both

    Post by Durgan on Sun Dec 04, 2011 11:40 pm

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=raw-veggies-are-healthier Fact or Fiction: Raw veggies are healthier than cooked ones. Do vegetables lose their nutritional value when heated?

    Cooking is crucial to our diets. It helps us digest food without expending huge amounts of energy. It softens food, such as cellulose fiber and raw meat, that our small teeth, weak jaws and digestive systems aren't equipped to handle. And while we might hear from raw foodists that cooking kills vitamins and minerals in food (while also denaturing enzymes that aid digestion), it turns out raw vegetables are not always healthier.

    Comparing the healthfulness of raw and cooked food is complicated, and there are still many mysteries surrounding how the different molecules in plants interact with the human body. The bottom line, says Liu, is to eat your veggies and fruits no matter how they're prepared. "We cook them so they taste better," Liu says. "If they taste better, we're more likely to eat them." And that's the whole idea.

    Cooking vegetables is inherently better for the simple reason that it makes so many foods more palatable (and often safer) to eat. Even if a potato loses 50% of its food value when cooked, that leaves the 50% that I would have never eaten otherwise, as I tried a raw potato once, and NEVER AGAIN! Uncooked wheat or rice anyone?

    As for safer, washing alone does not destroy all the potential organisms that can be destroyed by cooking.

    I certaily recognize the "whole food"ers' rights to live w/o a stove, but making silly arguments (and occasionally 'moralistic' arguments at that) that their preferences are more healthy are simply ignorant. by jaqcp


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    islandgrl
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    Re: Cooked or Raw or Both

    Post by islandgrl on Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:06 am

    Thanks for this very informative post Durgan.
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    Re: Cooked or Raw or Both

    Post by oceanna on Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:39 am

    I prefer to have vegetables cooked as I find them much easier to digest.
    Some restaurants now serve vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and
    carrot strips very crisp. They seem like they just poured boiling
    water over them and they are not to my liking. Too hard to chew up and digest.

    Thanks for your post Durgan.
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    Durgan

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    Re: Cooked or Raw or Both

    Post by Durgan on Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:32 pm

    @oceanna wrote:I prefer to have vegetables cooked as I find them much easier to digest.
    Some restaurants now serve vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and
    carrot strips very crisp. They seem like they just poured boiling
    water over them and they are not to my liking. Too hard to chew up and digest.
    Thanks for your post Durgan.

    My interest is probably more to ascertain the nutritional value of vegetables cooked or raw. It always was of some interest. It appears from the limited research undertaken, that there is little known, except in a few cases.

    Certainly we all have personal preferences, and indeed are more than aware that some vegetables are not all that pleasant raw. Examples are beets, potatoes, parsnips,beans amongst probably others.

    I too have been served very hard beans, and cauliflower amongst others in restaurants, which are not very appetizing particularly the beans.

    At the present time, it appears eat the vegetable as one prefers utilizing the liquid if at all possible to obtain the maximum nutrients. More opinion than known facts!

    As an aside, I prefer raw corn on the cob if slightly immature right off the plant in the garden. One of my daughters like the corn this way also.The corn need be fresh and the outer kernel soft.

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