Think eating your vegetables raw is good for health? Think again.
Mistake #1: You only eat your vegetables raw
While it’s correct that baking, frying and barbecuing vegetables at extremely high temperatures for long periods of time can destroy nutrients, cooking most varieties the right way actually ensures that more of their valuable compounds are absorbed by your body. In fact, many people end up with gastrointestinal distress in the form of bloating and poor digestion when they eat raw vegetables simply because they’re bodies aren’t able to break the stuff down. The solution to this problem: Cook your vegetables.
Mistake #2: You’re not washing your veggies
If you’re buying conventionally-grown vegetables, chances are they’re laden with chemicals in the form of pesticides. This means that not running your vegetables under the tap could leave you vulnerable to toxic chemical ingestion, gut inflammation, stomach pain and diarrhoea.
Mistake #3: You don’t do frozen
Here’s the problem with buying only fresh vegetables: the longer you keep them, the more time you give their nutrients to fade and break down. Frozen produce is actually harvested and packaged at its peak to ensure that their precious vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients are locked in and preserved until you’re ready to cook them.
Mistake #4: You’re not eating in colour
While there’s no doubt that broccoli and spinach are good for you, eating just a handful of vegetable varieties day in and day out means that you’re missing out on a whole lot of nutrients. Other than helping you stave off meal boredom, going for a rainbow-colored line-up of vegetables gives your body a bigger boost of heart disease- and cancer-preventing phytonutrients like lutein, lycopene, flavonoids and tannins.
Mistake #5: You’re juicing fibre away
Juicing your veggies may seem like the easiest solution to getting your daily produce fill (until it’s time to clean out the juicer), but picking juice over whole vegetables means you’re eliminating a very important part of your diet: fibre.
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