Veggies: The Shocking Way You Shouldn't Eat (Some Of) Them

A basket of spring vegetablesVegetables: is it better to eat them raw, or to roast, steam, or otherwise cook them?

There are many benefits to eating produce raw. Raw fruits and vegetables are good choices if you’re trying to lose weight, as they are filled with fiber, which can help you feel fuller longer and help you eat less. But a growing body of scientific research supports the view that cooked vegetables are better — depending on the preparation.

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Cooking actually increases the levels of some nutrients by breaking down the cell walls of the plant where the nutrients are locked in.

While high temperatures do diminish some of the vitamins and minerals in some veggies by 15 to 30 percent (boiling is the biggest culprit), sautéing, steaming, roasting and grilling minimize the losses.

Which Veggies Should You Cook?