Is it better to eat raw or cooked veges?
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