We all know we’re supposed to be eating our vegetables. But there are so many different notions out there about how we should prepare our veggies. Is raw always better? Is poaching better than microwave cooking?
Cooked and processed tomatoes (and other red-fleshed fruits) are higher in the powerful antioxidant lycopene than raw tomatoes. Poaching releases some nutrients but leeches out others. You will lose less vitamin C if you microwave your vegetables than if you boil or steam them. Whole fats (like dressing or avocado) actually help the body absorb more lycopene, lutein, and beta carotene in vegetables.
Cover your bases by eating a wide variety of vegetables in a wide variety of ways! Here are a few ideas.