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Why DO vegetables taste better cooked?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 15, 2013 at 3:13 PM

I mean, raw cauliflower is icky to me, but cooked is so much yummier! I find this true for a lot of veggies? Why is that? I mean does that mean cooked is better than raw?

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on June 16, 2013
at 02:24 AM

Exactly. Heat creates new compounds, many of which are delicious to us.

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on June 15, 2013
at 05:06 PM

Cooking your veggies does break down fiber and makes them easier to digest. The nutrients are more available for your body. (http://www.healingnaturallybybee.com/articles/veg3.php)

This could explain why they are so yummier and more nourishing when cooked? Is your body naturally telling you it's better for you? :-)

Raw veggies are said to have cleansing properties (think juicing!), for example Gerson therapy uses lots of veggie juices to cure cancers and other degenerative diseases. But these are extreme conditions... Chinese medecine recommends to have slightly cooked foods for better absorption.

When I fast I sometimes have fresh juices when I feel like "eating" something but basically I don't really see the difference with real fast... I mean raw veggies can be delicious but I'm not sure they are better for health than cooked ones.

Keep eating them raw if you like it! ;-)

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on June 15, 2013
at 03:51 PM

Molucules change when heat is applied. Sweetness is enhanced, etc. etc. this seems to also be true for chicken.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on June 16, 2013
at 02:24 AM

Exactly. Heat creates new compounds, many of which are delicious to us.

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on June 15, 2013
at 05:06 PM

There was an question on here that explored the caloric differences between cooked and raw foods, with the general consensus (the outliers probably 30 BAD trolls) that humans evolved to prefer cooked foods because of the greater nutritional value. It should make sense, then, when considering how metabolically expensive all this thinking hardware and software are. Indirectly (or maybe more directly than I'm giving credit for), cooked cauliflower was essential to the development of linear algebra, the iPhone, and reality television.

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on June 15, 2013
at 09:11 PM

In my opinion they taste better cooked too! I like raw carrots though and am coming round to the taste of raw broccoli! However i'm aware veggies are healthier raw and so i tend to mix them with other foods to try and disguise the taste a little! But you do get used to the taste after a while :)

Ryan

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