“Cooking with love. In other words, I licked the spoon and kept using it.”
I wish I could take credit for the following information, but alas, all credit must go to the Internet. However, I was led to look up information on cooked veggies after I learned that carrots are actually more nutritious if they’re cooked. It seems that cooking ignites carrot’s cancer-fighting carotenoids. Boiling carrots until tender boosted their concentration of carotenoids by 14 percent. Whee!
So I wondered if there were other veggies that got better when the heat was on. Yes!
It seems that a cup of cooked white mushrooms has about twice as much muscle-building potassium, heart-healthy niacin, immune-boosting zinc, and bone-strengthening magnesium as a cup of raw mushrooms. Mushrooms on that pizza? Big yes!
And then there’s spinach, which allows you to absorb more calcium and iron if you eat it cooked. I’d heard that spinach blocks the absorption of iron, but that’s just half the story. The oxalic acid in spinach that blocks the absorption of iron and calcium breaks down under high temperatures. Cooking spinach about a minute in boiling water, then plunging it into cold water, reduced oxalate content, on average, by 40 percent.
A is for asparagus, which is also more nutritious when cooked. Cooking asparagus raises the level of six nutrients, including cancer-fighting antioxidants, by more than 16 percent. Another cheer!
Finally, tomatoes. Whether they’re baked, fried, or even puréed into spaghetti sauce, heat increases a phytochemical, lycopene, that has been linked to lower rates of cancer and heart disease. During the cold months, when store-bought tomatoes are about the only thing available, oven-roasting brings out the tomato’s sweet, tangy flavor.
I think I’m leaning toward a veggie melange. I know I’m leaning toward eating more veggies. Veggie Melange in the works. Will share.
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.