Raw or Cooked? The Healthiest Ways to Prepare Vegetables

You probably already know that eating vegetables is an important step in maintaining your health, but did you know that it matters whether you eat them raw or cooked? Sometimes introducing heat to a vegetable adjusts its composition, which could result in nutrient loss. Learn the healthiest way to prepare vegetables.

1. Steam or roast carrots

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Carrots are an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K. Since they’re rich in an antioxidant called beta carotene, they’re good for your eyes. Beta carotene, or carotenoids, give carrots their orange hue and may protect you against cancer. They also improve cognitive function and protect your skin against ultraviolet (UV) sunrays. It’s easier for your body to use carotenoids when they’re heated, so try steaming or roasting your carrots.

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