In selecting healthy ways to cook your vegetables you must revert to nature and try to follow it as closely as possible. There is no doubt that nature never intended us to use cooked foods at all. Raw foods are healthy because they contain living cells which are fully or partially destroyed in the process of cooking. Similarly, most of the vitamins in the vegetables are destroyed and the chemical arrangement of the minerals is changed when you cook them. However, since many vegetables are repulsive when eaten raw, they have to be cooked. In needs of creating a balance between raw and overcooked vegetables the following tips will guide you to enjoy a desirable variety of foods and yet be on the healthy side.
1. Eat raw vegetables. Try to eat your vegetables as close to their natural state as possible.
2. If you must cook your vegetables try not to overcook them. Most people tend to overcook their vegetables, yet the nutritional value of vegetables, which is created in the growing process, is easily destroyed in the cooking process. All vegetables should be cooked far less than is the habit in most homes today.
3. Do not peel your vegetables. Most people have the habit of peeling their vegetables before cooking them, but they should not be peeled. Potatoes in particular should never be peeled for the most valuable elements lie directly un¬der or in the skin.
4. Use the vegetables immediately after cutting or shedding them so that they retain the most amount of Vitamin C. The Vitamin C content of vegetables is lost at an extremely fast rate once the vegetables fibers have been cut or bruised. You can also cut them into larger pieces if you are not eating them right away, this will retain more of the vitamin.
5. Very often the water in which the vegetables are cooked is more valuable to your health than the vegetables themselves. So remember, do not throw away the water used to cook the vegetables, drink it or save it for next day’s soup. Such water is rich in the vitamins extracted from the vegetables during the cooking process.
6. The worst method of cooking vegetables is to fry them. Frying vegetables is very harmful to your health as they absorb huge amounts of fats, becoming difficult to digest and leave a great deal of dead matter in your blood after having been assimilated.
7. The best way of cooking vegetables is steaming them with as little water as possible and for the shortest time possible.