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November 2000 Issue

Cooked Veggies Can Be as Healthy as Fresh

Q. Do vegetables have to be eaten raw to get the most nutrition out of them? A. Not necessarily. In the case of carrots and tomatoes, cooking releases disease-fighting carotenoids like beta-carotene and lycopene. Raw carrots, for example, have tough cellular walls that cooking helps break down, releasing the carotenoids within. As a result, cooked carrots provide much more beta-carotene than raw carrots. (A dab of margarine or drizzle

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