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Drinking the water used to boil vegetables

Commented on February 11, 2013
Created February 07, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Is it a good idea to drink the water that remains after boiling vegetables? The reason i ask is because i know boiling makes the vegs lose their nutrients but it is the quickest and easiest way for me to cook my vegetables. where do the lost nutrient go if not in the water?

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on February 11, 2013
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Ahh ok, may aswell drink the nutrients anyway then if i do boil them, can't hurt :)

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on February 08, 2013
at 01:29 AM

+1 I had same nagging question, but didn't think to post it. I also steam.

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on February 07, 2013
at 10:31 PM

Try steaming them if you're worried about nutrient loss, steaming them minimizes that.

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on February 07, 2013
at 07:12 PM

1st, quickest and easiest? -- Microwave; 2nd, don't use so much water -- steaming is preferable to boiling from a culinary perspective. Boiling water should be used to blanch.

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on February 07, 2013
at 06:23 PM

Hey, I did some research on this a while back. It looks like the evidence is pretty inconclusive about drinking nutrients. It is also not certain that extracted nutrients (such as those in vitamins or supplements, and in your veggie water) have the same value as the whole food. The science on vitamins is all over the place, it's also questionable whether the human body can properly absorb them in an extracted state, and especially in a liquid. I think if it's something you are really concerned about then eating more raw vegetables is probably your best bet.

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on February 11, 2013
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Ahh ok, may aswell drink the nutrients anyway then if i do boil them, can't hurt :)

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