Raw Vs. Cooked
Posted by eric at 08/07/2008
Wondering if anyone has an opinion about this message that was sent to me?:
Q: I've heard that cooking destroys nutrients. Would it be better to eat only raw foods?
A (un-named MD): Many people believe that fresh fruits and vegetables always contain more nutrients than cooked ones, but cooked carrots have higher levels of antioxidants than fresh carrots.
Cooking carrots in the presence of a small amount of oil or butter increases the amount of two antioxidants called beta carotene and phenolic acid. Cooking also increases the amount of lycopene you get from tomatoes. Cooking breaks the plant cells open to increase the absorption of these antioxidants and other beneficial plant chemicals. Adding a little oil or butter increases absorption of fat soluble chemicals.
Some vitamins are affected by cooking, but you'll still get plenty. The enzymes in food that are destroyed by heat are of no use to you; your body makes the enzymes you need to digest your food. Most of the nutrients in food (minerals, proteins, fats, carbohydrates) are not destroyed by heat, and many common foods are unpalatable or unsafe if they are not cooked. I recommend eating the widest possible variety of fruits and vegetables, raw or cooked, and fresh, frozen, canned or dried.
For more on food enzyems see http://www.drmirkin.com/nutrition/1451.html
JohnnySensible at 08/12/2008 17:12:36
The MD needs to urgently talk to his mum & get a name - then we will be able to find him / respond to him / make salads for him.
How can anyone possibly go all the way through medical college without having a name?
Quasi Vegetarian at 09/23/2008 03:25:42
I don't like most uncooked veges. Some like broccoli and cauliflower are good, but I can only eat so much raw before I grow tired of it. And when most people eat raw veggies they put some kind of dressing on them. So much for eating healthy. I prefer Veggies like Watermelon. WOW. What a great breakfast food. A big old slab of chilled watermelon to start the day is great. And did you know that apples ( another vegetable by the by ) and apple juice is a better picker upper in the morning that a cup of coffee? This is so true. In fact any 100% fruit juice ( some vegetables as well like apple and pear as well a carrot juice ) will do a better job of getting you going in the morning than coffee and tea with there caffeine fix. It is true. And they will not give you the shakes later on or drop you like a bad habit a wee later into the day.
Find this doctor and tell him raw is best but cooked is a good second.
kindlizard at 09/23/2008 12:05:32
Watermelon is a fruit of the vine.
Some folks can't handle the gasses of raw veggies either, so slightly cooking can be best for any given individual.
I'd tell the doctor though to leave the cow alone, no need for butter...
Barleycorn at 10/30/2009 20:25:34
truffle at 11/15/2010 16:32:34
Heidi B. at 11/15/2010 18:15:35
AndyT at 11/16/2010 04:44:34
You have also most likely heard about lycopene - the red colour in tomatoes that is a powerful antioxidant. It is higher concentrated in cooked tomatoes, so the suggestion here is that you should cook tomatoes. Only very suspicious people (like myself) think that this has something to do with the fact that there are some large companies making lots of money with products made from tomatoes (e.g. Heinz etc.) ... eat your tomatoes raw instead!
PS: you should, however, cook your beans....