Green and Supreme: Reasons to Love Vegetables
Put the power of produce on your plate
Raw vs. Cooked
Raw vegetables are high in fiber and low in fat and calories. And vegetables
that can be eaten raw retain the maximum amount of nutrients.
Cooking vegetables kills bacteria, renders certain vegetables digestible,
enhances taste, texture, and aroma -- and, in the process, loses some of the
vitamins and minerals.
To retain the most nutrients, cook your vegetables in the least amount of
water and for the shortest period of time possible. Microwaving is one of the
best methods, as it's quick and requires little to no water.
Before you start chopping or cooking, it's important to properly prepare
your produce. Along with all those nutrients come some risky residues that need
to be washed away. So carefully wash all your vegetables -- scrubbing them or
washing them with a forceful stream of water or a bottled vegetable wash -- to
remove bacteria and any chemical residues from the outer layer.
And when you cut vegetables, always use a clean knife and cutting board to
avoid cross-contamination from other foods. It's a good idea to have a
designated cutting board for your produce -- one that is never used for meats,
fish, or poultry.
A little preparation precaution is a small price to pay for all the benefits
vegetables bring to your body. Along with regular physical activity, eating a
variety of vegetables is one of the best things you can do for your health. So
get moving and eat your veggies every day -- to prevent cancer, stroke, and
other diseases while you watch the pounds melt away.