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#6 of 22 Common Nutrition Mistakes

Posted by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 4:58 PM
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                Nutrition Mistake: Boiling Vegetables

 You’re on a veggie kick, boiling lots every night.

Result: Vitamin-rich pot water

Dropping foods that are rich in water-soluble vitamins (like the Bs, C, folate) into cooking water leaches some of the vitamins. That’s fine for a soup or stew, less so if you’re draining the veggies. A Danish study found that boiled broccoli retained only 45% to 64% of its vitamin C after 5 minutes of boiling; steamed broccoli kept 83% to 100%.

What to do: Haul out that old steamer. Also good: microwaving.

by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 4:58 PM
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darbyakeep45
by Darby on Jan. 11, 2013 at 6:18 PM

I like to saute mine!

reneawesley
by on Jan. 12, 2013 at 11:52 AM

I steam or sauté.

mp3mom
by on Jan. 12, 2013 at 2:05 PM

You are so right!

Quoting MamaMandee:

                Nutrition Mistake: Boiling Vegetables

 You’re on a veggie kick, boiling lots every night.

Result: Vitamin-rich pot water

Dropping foods that are rich in water-soluble vitamins (like the Bs, C, folate) into cooking water leaches some of the vitamins. That’s fine for a soup or stew, less so if you’re draining the veggies. A Danish study found that boiled broccoli retained only 45% to 64% of its vitamin C after 5 minutes of boiling; steamed broccoli kept 83% to 100%.

What to do: Haul out that old steamer. Also good: microwaving.


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