Is it bet­ter to eat raw or cooked veges?

Clutha Leader - - BLUE SEPTEMBER -

over­cook­ing or cook­ing in ex­ces­sive amounts of wa­ter, as wa­ter-sol­u­ble vi­ta­mins can leach out.

Re­mem­ber, the most nu­tri­tious veg­eta­bles are the ones that you ac­tu­ally eat (and di­gest well).So, rather than wor­ry­ing about whether you should be eat­ing them raw or cooked, just do your best to fo­cus on eat­ing plenty of colour­ful veges ev­ery day.

Q: What’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween reg­u­lar black tea and


Green and black tea have a sim­i­lar caf­feine con­tent.How­ever, this will vary de­pend­ing on how strong you make your tea. Green tea is richer in polyphe­no­lic com­pounds, such as cat­e­chins and flavonols, and it con­tains a com­pound called epi­gal­lo­cat­e­chin gal­late (EGCG), which is thought to have anti-can­cer ef­fects.

The polyphe­nols that are found in both black and green tea (with green tea hav­ing higher amounts) func­tion as an­tiox­i­dants.

How­ever, they can also bind some min­er­als such as iron and zinc, so it’s best to avoid drink­ing tea with your meals.

Dr Libby is a nu­tri­tional bio­chemist, best-sell­ing author and speaker. The ad­vice con­tained in this col­umn is not in­tended to be a sub­sti­tute for di­rect, per­son­alised ad­vice from a health pro­fes­sional. See Dr Libby live dur­ing her up­com­ing ‘WhatAmI Sup­posed To Eat?’ tour through­out New Zealand. For more in­for­ma­tion and to pur­chase tick­ets, visit dr­


Do your best to eat plenty of colour­ful veges ev­ery day.

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