Veggies That You Should Not Eat Without Cooking
Munch! Munch! Munch! You are munching on to a platter of your favourite raw veggies because you just heard about the benefits of following a raw food diet. However, it is not good in all cases. There are some veggies that are best for your health when eaten cooked instead of raw. Cooking veggies can help neutralize certain enzymes that can cause digestive problems and remove anti-nutrients, which can negatively affect the assimilation of vital vitamins and minerals. Cooking is also known to kill harmful bacteria. The American Heart Association says that steaming, poaching, stir-frying, roasting or grilling your veggies are amongst the healthiest cooking methods.
Cook the cruciferous veggies
Cruciferous veggies like cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower are fine when eaten for some people. However, there are some folks who experience gas and bloating due to the sugars present in cruciferous veggies that are difficult to digest. The same sugars become easy to digest when they are cooked. People suffering from thyroid conditions as well should avoid eating raw cruciferous veggies. Unless and until they are cooked, cruciferous veggies contain thyroid inhibitors that can worsen thyroid conditions.
Don’t forget to boil the beans
Uncooked or undercooked beans have high amounts of glycoprotein lectin. It is a toxin that can result in nausea, vomiting and diarrhea within 3 hours of its consumption. The amount of the toxin ingested is directly related to the severity of the symptoms. The US Food and Drug Administration says that as few as 5 raw kidney beans can make a person sick. One serving of uncooked kidney beans has around 70,000 units of the toxin whereas fully cooked kidney beans have less than 400 units. Cooking beans fully is an easy process. Soak the beans in water for a minimum of 5 hours, change the water and then boil them till they turn soft.
Don’t eat raw potatoes
Munching on raw potatoes is not such a great idea. It is said that raw potatoes, especially the green ones, have a high concentration of a dangerous toxin called solanine. Raw potatoes also have anti-nutrients present in them. Though most of the anti-nutrients get removed by peeling the potatoes, some are still present in the flesh. The uncooked starch in potatoes can result in digestive problems such as bloating and gas. To get the maximum benefit and the least risk from potatoes try baking, steaming, sautéing or cooking them in any other manner.
Other veggies that are much better when cooked
Certain veggies are beneficial for health when consumed cooked even if they are perfectly safe to be consumed raw. For example, tomatoes the much loved part of every salad, can be eaten raw without worrying. But do you know that cooking tomatoes lets you absorb more of the lycopene present in it? Now coming to mushrooms, cooked ones have more bioavailable potassium than the raw ones. Similarly, the beta-carotene present in cooked carrots is easier to absorb and it is easier for the body to derive more amount of iron, magnesium and calcium from cooked spinach. So, isn’t it a better bet to cook most of your veggies?
Just be a little careful about the veggie you are about to eat. If it is safe to have it raw it would be great, but if it isn’t, you better cook it. Moreover, Indian food doesn’t encourage much of raw veggies apart from onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes and carrots.
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