Friday, May 23, 2008

Raw carrots and processed tomatoes

Numerous studies show that people who consume lots of vegetables have lower rates of heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, eye problems and even cancer, according to this article.

But, you’ve got to find the best way to eat them.

If you eat them raw, you will have high levels of Vitamin A and relatively high dose of beta carotene, but you will fall short on lycopene. On the other hand if you cook spinach, you rob it of 64% of its Vitamin A.

Processed tomatoes actually have higher lycopene than fresh tomatoes. Boiling is better for carrots than steaming, frying or serving them raw, though it results in the complete loss of polyphenols.

Broccoli is best eaten after microwaving or pressure-cooking rather than boiling or steaming, as it then retains 90% of its nutrients.

So, don’t take chances. Hedge your risks by eating a variety of vegetables with a variety of nutrients and prepared in a variety of ways. By consuming tons of these vegetables, you will prevent heart attacks, hypertension, diabetes, eye problems and even cancer. You may die of lycopene poisoning or carotene toxicity, though. Too bad.

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