Are vegetables better for you cooked or raw? Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD, FAND explains the benefits to both and which vegetables you should eat cooked and which are more nutritious raw.
Eating your veggies raw preserves certain nutrients like Vitamins C and B including folic acid. Vitamin C can help support immune system health as well as your skin. While folic acid is essential for proper brain function.
Another benefit to eating your vegetables raw is that they’re usually bulkier and more filling. When you increase the number of veggies in your diet, you’ll feel fuller longer. Plus, raw vegetables have fewer calories per bite than most processed and starchy foods, which can help manage your calorie intake. For more on counting calories go to: http://hrbl.me/1isuOol
Raw vegetables are also harder and take longer to chew. Taking your time to eat can help you monitor portion control.
Raw veggies pack a punch, but cooking certain veggies releases beneficial nutrients. One of the best phytonutrients found in cooked vegetables is carotenoids. These compounds are responsible for giving certain veggies their colors. For instance, lycopene makes tomatoes red, lutein gives spinach its signature green hue, and beta-carotene provides the orange tone of carrots. When these veggies are cooked, the carotenoids levels are higher which means your body can more easily absorb and use those nutrients.
So how do you make sure you get the maximum nutritional benefit from eating cooked vegetables? Don’t overcook them! If you decide to cook your vegetables don’t add too much heat or too much water. Instead, try to steam or microwave your veggies to preserve more of their nutrients.
In the end, it’s not a question of what’s the better way to prepare your vegetables. It’s about knowing why and how these healthy foods are good for your body, and how you can try to incorporate them more into your diet.
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Acharya Shree Yogeesh sheds light on raw food, vegan, and vegetarian diets and nutrition. He also gives some healthy cooking tips. He suggests for people to be vegetarian as this is the first step of spirituality. However, it is not necessary that vegans and raw-food eaters are spiritual, because their mindset may be more extreme than balanced.
= About Acharya Shree Yogeesh =
Acharya Shree Yogeesh is a living enlightened master of this era and founder of the Siddhayatan Tirth and Spiritual Retreat, a unique 200+ acre spiritual pilgrimage site and meditation park in North America providing the perfect atmosphere for spiritual learning, community, and soul awakening to help truth seekers advance spiritually. Acharya Shree Yogeesh is also the founder of the Yogeesh Ashram near Los Angeles, California, Yogeesh Ashram International in New Delhi, India, and the Acharya Yogeesh Primary & Higher Secondary School in Haryana, India.
As an inspiring revolutionary spiritual leader and in-demand speaker worldwide, for over forty years Acharya Shree Yogeesh has dedicated his life to helping guide hundreds of thousands of people on their spiritual journey of self-improvement and self-realization.
It is Acharya Shree Yogeesh’s mission to spread the message of nonviolence, vegetarianism, oneness, and total transformation.