Post

5 Foods You Are Eating Wrong

Post Image

How you cut, cook, and sip matters when it comes to getting the most health benefits from certain foods.

Vegetables

Your mistake: Boiling them

The fix: Steaming

Why it works: Steaming helps retain cancer-fighting nutrients in cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and arugula, better than other cooking methods. Also, when you boil vegetables many of the vitamins found in them are released into the water so, unless you drink the water, steaming in a steaming basket for 3 to 4 minutes is your best bet.

Strawberries

Your mistake: Slicing them before eating

The fix: Eating them whole

Why it works: Whole strawberries contain 8 to 12 percent more vitamin C than the cut strawberries because vitamin C begins to break down when it’s exposed to light and oxygen. For the biggest C boost, store whole strawberries in the fridge—cool temperature help retain vitamin C too.

Tomatoes

Your mistake: Eating them raw

The fix: Heating them up

Why it works: Tomatoes have been linked to lowering the risk of stroke, helping fight prostate cancer, and preserving brain power with age. Heating tomatoes significantly increases their levels of lycopene, the chemical that can up antioxidant levels. Cook tomatoes in olive oil for the biggest nutritional boost: Lycopene is fat-soluble, meaning you need fat in your diet for your body to absorb it properly.

Frozen Produce

Your mistake: You skip right over frozen foods at the grocery store

The fix: Hitting the freezers

Why it works: Most people think only fresh is healthy, but this is a huge misconception. In fact in most cases frozen fruits and vegetables pack higher levels of antioxidants—including polyphenols, vitamin C, and beta-carotene—than the fresh kind. As produce ages, nutrients begin to change and break down. It's therefore better to eat food that was frozen at prime ripeness with its nutrients intact than week-old produce that no longer has the same beneficial chemical makeup.

You May Also Like

Post Nutrition

Food Synergy

Post Nutrition

5 Foods You Are Eating Wrong

Post Nutrition

Diabetes Superfoods

Post Nutrition

5 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

Post Nutrition

All About Organic

Post Nutrition

Antioxidants 101

Post Nutrition

Bacopa Monniera: A Herb to Enhance our Memory

Post Nutrition

An Apple a Day?

Post Nutrition

How Many Calories Are In Your Drink?

Post Nutrition

Non-Dairy Calcium Sources

Post Nutrition

The Root-Tootin Smoothie

Post Nutrition

Take Control of Food Cravings

Post Nutrition

Visual Exam for Nutritional Status

Post Nutrition

Foods that Help or Harm your Sleep

Post Nutrition

Get the Facts on Fat

Post Nutrition

Food Sensitivities

Post Nutrition

Raw Food Diet: Healthy or not?

Post Nutrition

Elimination Diet Protocol

Post Nutrition

Osteoporosis Diet Dangers

Post Nutrition

Artificial Sweeteners: Can going "sugar-free" result in weight gain?

Post Nutrition

Hydration Education!

Post Nutrition

Healthy Holiday Baking

Post Nutrition

Diet Trends

Post Nutrition

Grains and Alternatives Explained

Post Nutrition

Label Reading Tips

Post Nutrition

Cholesterol & Eggs

Post Nutrition

3 Simple Ways to Break the Fast Food Addiction

Post Nutrition

What's In Season? Support Your Local Farmers!

Post Nutrition

Sugar Cravings 101

Post Nutrition

Honey vs Sugar

Post Nutrition

Barbecue Basics

Post Nutrition

Sandwich Tips!

Post Nutrition

Back to School Healthy Snacking

Post Nutrition

When Should You Buy Organic?

Post Nutrition

Master the Grocery Store

Post Nutrition

Vegan and Vegetarian Proteins

Categories