Is it bet­ter to eat raw or cooked veges?

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Q: Is it bet­ter to eat raw or cooked veg­eta­bles? – Suzanne

A: This is a ques­tion I am so often asked, and my an­swer is al­ways ‘‘it de­pends’’. The most im­por­tant ques­tion to ask your­self is what nour­ishes you? And the an­swer to this may change over time or with the sea­sons. For ex­am­ple, dur­ing win­ter many peo­ple will find that warm­ing, cooked meals are more nour­ish­ing for them, yet in sum­mer they may feel bet­ter eat­ing more raw veg­eta­bles or cold sal­ads.

If you’re some­one who over­heats very eas­ily, a hot cooked meal might just make you feel even hot­ter, while some­thing like a salad might help to coun­ter­act the heat you are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing. Or if you have a ten­dency to feel cold, you may find that choos­ing all or al­most all cooked foods helps to warm you up and leaves you feel­ing more nour­ished. Cooked veg­eta­bles also tend to be eas­ier to digest, so they may be bet­ter tol­er­ated by peo­ple who ex­pe­ri­ence di­ges­tive symp­toms.

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 ‘What Am I Sup­posed To Eat?’ tour through­out New Zealand. For more in­for­ma­tion and to pur­chase tick­ets, visit dr­libby.com

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