Question: Are Vegetables Better Raw, Juiced, or Cooked?
Answer: It depends on the vegetable, specific diet needs, and the cooking method.
- Some cooking methods are better than others. For example, steaming is almost always better than boiling.
- Juicing is better than raw when increasing the number of absorbed vitamins is more important to the diet.
- Raw is better than juicing when increasing the amount of soluble fiber and insoluble fiber is needed.
- Raw vegetables are more challenging to work into diets than cooked. In the Origin Nutrition/Precision Nutrition diet we use guacamole, pico de gallo, tabbouleh, muffuletta, french dip made from low-fat yogurt as dipping sauces for carrots, broccoli, tomatoes, etc.
- Cooking vegetables allows for the combining of flavors such as the Holy Trinity (peppers, onions, celery) or Mirepoix (celery, carrots, onions), etc.
- Powdered vegetables are also a great option.
- Cooking vegetables kills the bacteria and fungus that might be in your raw vegetables.
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