Find out how to buy and prepare your produce to maximize all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients it has to offer.
In today’s society, there is so little time to prepare and cook our foods that many times we settle for what is fast and easily obtained. Unfortunately, quick and easy foods don’t always provide us with the nutrients our body so desperately needs. How do we fix this problem?
We all know that we should eat more vegetables. That’s not really a secret, is it? However, what seems to be a secret is that the way we are eating our vegetables is totally wrong! Confused? Don’t be! Read below to see how to prepare your vegetables so that you and your family can receive all their yummy benefits.
1. Taking away Protein
When you think protein, you probably have some type of meat pop into your head, right? What a lot of people may not know is that a large majority of vegetables and edible plants are packed with protein. The problem is once we cook these foods, the protein count drops significantly. On average when we cook our foods, we are stripping out about 15% of the protein that it contained before we cooked it. That’s crazy! I know many people who experimented with a vegetarian diet, still wanting to keep their muscle tone. So they stayed away from meats and ate their vegetables. However, they weren’t seeing the physical results they desired. Why? By cooking, sauteing and baking their vegetables as opposed to consuming them raw, they weren’t getting the full amount of protein!
2. Not eating Organic/Locally grown
Yes, the biggest complaint about eating organically is the cost. I won’t argue with that – it is definitely not ideal. But, guess what? If you make the decision to ONLY eat organic vegetables and fruits and not buy other processed foods, you would actually be SAVING money. The reason organic foods cost more is because they are normally locally grown and are pesticide/chemical free. Did you know that when you shop in the grocery store for your produce that it has already been away from its growing spot for 8-12 days, if it isn’t organic or locally grown? That’s because it has to travel across the country on planes, trains and trucks to get to your store. By that time, a SIGNIFICANT amount of the original nutritional value is lost. Not to mention if you are still cooking your conventional vegetables, you are taking in all of the pesticides/chemicals that are sprayed on them. Unfortunately, they don’t just “burn away” when you cook them – they actually cook into your foods. Pretty gross, isn’t it?
3. Getting rid of Vitamins and Minerals
Fruits and vegetables are filled to the brim with all of the vitamins and minerals our bodies need on a daily basis. However, cooking all of our foods with oils, salts and heat takes away the nutrition that they originally had to offer. If instead of cooking our fruits and vegetables, we ate them raw – we would be able to cut out taking a multivitamin. Seriously! It has been shown that people who consume raw fruits and vegetables as the main part of their dietary intake are not deficient in any of the vitamins or minerals that our bodies need! They get them all from their foods. Consider changing your eating ways. Try eating more raw fruits and vegetables so that you don’t have to swallow a pill or two each day!
You’re may be thinking, “Oh gosh, I had no idea! I really thought I was doing the best for my family by feeding them fruits and vegetables!” It’s O.K.! You were doing what you thought was right. That is how most of us think – there are some things that we just don’t know until we are taught! Now you can make more informed decisions when shopping and preparing your produce!
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