Fruits and vegetables are good for you – unless you’re doing these bad things to them. By Sasha Gonzales
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1. Overcooking Vegetables
Boiling or microwaving veggies to death, or roasting them till they are crisp and charred can seriously damage their nutritional profile, says Helen Tsang, a nutritionist with Hong Kong’s Integrated Medical Institute.
Heat destroys vitamins and minerals in foods. By overcooking your vegetables, you end up with a dish that is practically void of nutrients.
Helen says that the best way to cook your greens is to lightly steam them. Stir-frying can also be healthy – provided you cook the veggies quickly and avoid drowning them in salt- or fat-rich sauces.
Microwaving is also fine, but keep the cooking time short to preserve nutrition as well as the crunch of the vegetables.
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