Sometimes, we lose out on flavor and even nutrients, by eating our food in a wrong way. Here is the right way to enjoy some of the fruits and vegetables and gain nutritional benefits from them.
1. Let Garlic and Onion rest
Most of us, after chopping onions and garlic, straight put them into the pan for cooking rather than letting them sit for a while. Cancer fighting compounds ad flavonoids in garlic and onion are activated when the cells walls are broken down by cutting and chopping and as soon as they hit the heat, these compounds become ineffective.
So, make sure, that after you chopped your onions and garlic, you let them sit for a few minutes, so as to allow formation of healthy compounds. How Eating Garlic Affects Your Health?
2. Do not throw away Pineapple core
Pineapple core contains Bromelain, which plays a significant role in reducing inflammation in our body. Try enjoying the pineapple core by chopping it and putting it in a pitcher of water. It will help you drink more water and you can even cook it down or eat it raw.
3. Boiled Veggies are not Healthiest
There are some vegetables, which when boiled, could result in nutrients loss. Most of the time, over boiling the vegetables turns them into a mush. Roasting vegetables is better than boiling, except carrots.
Studies have shown that boiling carrots actually increases the amount of Lutein which promotes eye health and has no negative impact on beta-carotene content of carrots. Health Benefits of Carrots
4. Do not throw Broccoli Stem
Keep the stem of broccoli or cauliflower as they are also loaded with nutrients. The stems contain more fiber, Vitamin C and calcium than the florets.
Dried and Fresh Herbs are Not the Same
Fresh herbs are more aromatic than the dried ones and goes well with fresh items, while dried herbs work best for sauces and soups and as rubs for meat. Dried herbs are always better but that doesn’t mean sprinkling dried parsley all over your favorite pasta. Health benefits of herbs
5. Do not throw away Hot Pepper seeds
Seeds of hot pepper are not bad and can be used for their spiciness. The flesh of hot peppers isn’t spicy but has a peppery flavor. Are Jalapenos Pepper Good For Health
6. Do not Eat Raw Tomatoes Only
Cooking tomatoes make them more healthier than their raw form. According to a study, “cooking tomatoes allow about four times more lycopene to be absorbed in the blood compared to raw”.
Cooking tomatoes also helps in separating lycopene antioxidants from the proteins and allowing more amount of lycopene to be released into the body. Amazing Health Facts about Tomatoes
7. Do not Stir Fry Broccoli
Most of us consider that broccoli is a stir fry recipe. But according to various studies conducted, broccoli loses its Vitamin C content by approximately 24 percent as well as its antioxidants, soluble protein and sugar, when deep fried.
Best way to enjoy broccoli is to steam it. Steaming allows the nutrients of broccoli to remain nearly as intact as in its natural raw state. You can add other stir fry ingredients with the steamed broccoli .
8. Do not soak your beans for long
If you are soaking beans, remember you do it in salted water overnight. This will help in making their shells soft and will reduce the amount of time to boil and cook them.
The longer you cook your food, the greater the loss of vitamins and minerals.