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Should i be steaming or eating my veg raw?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 04, 2013 at 6:43 PM

I went through years of only steaming my veggies, and quite lightly at that, but recently i've gone off it big time, i can't even eat salad right now which i miss, without them being soft & thoroughly cooked the texture of veggies is just plain nasty right now for some reason, my palate has changed. Now i seem to be in love with roasting them as its just so much tastier, maybe natures way of encouraging me to eat them cooked.

I still love avocado, but as far as raw goes that's about it

For every person that says eat them raw because cooking destroys nutrients, another says that you have to cook them to make the nutrients more bio-available & the amount absorbed makes up for the nutrient loss, but which is right?

It makes sense to do what feels right, im sure in the past there would've been times of hunger where i would've instinctively eaten a raw veggie on sight, it also makes sense we would've brought our food to the boil in water to make sure we don't get sick, and then there's roasting which just makes them taste so damn good, so it would be natural to seek out ways to do that like those trench ovens, maybe its just about getting in touch with that instinct of what to do when, which is hard when what is tasty is so easy, like switching on an oven or frying pan

52ad7ee5eef0d7339d0977bd7a2ceb8a

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on May 06, 2013
at 03:06 AM

i wasn't trolling... i just don't think it was likely that cavemen steamed their veggies...

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on April 12, 2013
at 04:03 PM

try roasting them? garlic & onion give me trouble unless thoroughly cooked

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on April 06, 2013
at 05:37 PM

Cavemen didn't troll on the internet.

F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

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on April 06, 2013
at 04:04 AM

Flatulence :( as with raw brocc.. :(

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on April 05, 2013
at 09:30 AM

what kind of problem?

F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

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on April 04, 2013
at 09:56 PM

"Fresh veggies are covered in bacteria, many of them beneficial strains". I beleive this is why cabbage is "good to go" au natural in making sauerkraut.

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C5c1073ffc65c5b737408d1d6cc68e86

on April 04, 2013
at 07:02 PM

I believe you have answered your own question. Neither is "right." Do what tastes/feels best for the moment.

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on April 05, 2013
at 01:21 AM

Either way it works. But I would say steam it, it would be a more desirable option.

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89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

on April 05, 2013
at 12:55 AM

50/50 split ..cooked to raw might be the best of both worlds kind of approach :) There are some veggies that that are actually more nutritious when cooked. (carrots are one i believe- ) Dont feel obligated to have all your veggies raw. Thats just raw vegan propagnada saying that are ALL the nutrients are lost in the cooking process. myth

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on April 04, 2013
at 08:12 PM

Both.

Roasting actually improves the bioavailability of the nutrients in roots.

Boiling removes antinutrients brassicas, not sure whether roasting does the same, but damn there is nothing tastier than oven roasted cabbage or brussel sprouts. I think the tastiness comes from the caramelization of the sugars in them.

Fresh veggies are covered in bacteria, many of them beneficial strains.

F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

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on April 04, 2013
at 09:56 PM

"Fresh veggies are covered in bacteria, many of them beneficial strains". I beleive this is why cabbage is "good to go" au natural in making sauerkraut.

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61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on April 04, 2013
at 07:05 PM

Neither is "right." Just eat the veggies in whatever way encourages you to eat them more. Mix it up. I don't think its optimal for the average mostly healthy person to eat everything rar or everything cooked. Pros and cons to both.

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F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

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on April 04, 2013
at 08:04 PM

Neither is "100% right" but one way might be "better" than the other depending on the veggie.

HOWEVER... imo, there "right for you".

I love brocc & it loves me, steamed or stir fried. Raw...not so much. :(

As much of PITA as it might be I would suggest trying various veggies raw & cooked by various means. Since drifting Paleo I've been more aware of food effects especially based on prep.

I'm in the middle of tracking down a potential allium (onion, gralic, leek) problem... hope they're not the problem, cuz I loves onions!

F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

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on April 06, 2013
at 04:04 AM

Flatulence :( as with raw brocc.. :(

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

(777)

on April 05, 2013
at 09:30 AM

what kind of problem?

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

(777)

on April 12, 2013
at 04:03 PM

try roasting them? garlic & onion give me trouble unless thoroughly cooked

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52ad7ee5eef0d7339d0977bd7a2ceb8a

on April 06, 2013
at 04:51 PM

cavemen didn't steam their veggies.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on April 06, 2013
at 05:37 PM

Cavemen didn't troll on the internet.

52ad7ee5eef0d7339d0977bd7a2ceb8a

(416)

on May 06, 2013
at 03:06 AM

i wasn't trolling... i just don't think it was likely that cavemen steamed their veggies...

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