Raw or Cooked? Get The Most Out Of Your Vegetables

When it comes to raw vs cooked vegetable, what are the healthiest ways to eat them to get the most nutrients?

Some people believe eating raw foods means getting more nutrients. The thing is if you are trying to have more vegetable in your diet, you have to make sure you get the most out of them. How they are prepared can make a big difference in the nutritional punch they pack. The right type of heat can bring out the nutrients in some, but you will need to eat others raw to get the biggest benefit.

Raw vs Cooked: Some of the benefits of cooked vegetables

There are a lot of benefits of cooked vegetables, one of them being that cooked veggies can give you more minerals. Heating releases bound calcium, making more of the mineral available for the body to absorb. And the difference can be significant. Cooked spinach has 245 mg/cup of calcium, while raw spinach only has 30 mg/cup!

With many vegetables, the best way to prepare them is the way that gets you to eat them. If cooking them means you will eat more, that could be a very good thing.

Raw vs Cooked: Reasons to eat raw vegetables

Eating raw vegetables may help boost mental health and relieve symptoms of depression. Studies found that people who consumed more produce in its natural, uncooked state reported higher levels of psychological well-being compared to those who ate mostly cooked alternatives.

For those who are watching their weight, eating raw produce can be beneficial because it requires more chewing, thus slowing down the eating process.

At Humboldt we believe that you should eat veggies the way you want and listen to your body. When it comes to consuming more healthy, colourful fruits and vegetables, it’s best to eat them the way you prepare.

Whether you prefer your vegetables raw or cooked, at Humboldt we offer a wide variety of vegetable produce from around the world. Contact us on 086 11 11 849 or send us an email at hello@humboldt.global  and we will help supply all your food needs.