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Monday, August 17, 2009


Steam and serve

Simply buying foods with the highest percentage of nutrition does not guarantee you will benefit from them. To ensure you receive the greatest benefit from fresh vegetables, eat them raw or steam them for a short time. It will, of course, be different for different vegetables and it will also depend on quantity. The more you place in the steamer, the longer you will have to cook it. I find that when I cook several vegetables at once, enough for one or two, it usually takes twenty to thirty minutes. But be careful which ones you cook together. Carrots, for instance, take longer than broccoli, so you may find it better to add the broccoli ten or fifteen minutes after later. This way less vitamins will be destroyed than in overcooking or boiling in water. Also make sure to eat fresh fruit and vegetables within a minimal time of purchase.

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