You would be surprised to know about several foods you’re eating wrong. While whole foods and fresh produce are always a better option when processed and packaged foods are considered, it is important to know the right way of eating foods.
If you are slicing strawberries before eating, you’re eating wrong because they should be eaten whole. When the strawberries are eaten wholly, the complete amounts of vitamins that are contained in them are not wasted. Whereas, when they are sliced about eight to ten percent of the vitamins contained in them are washed away. The mystery behind the fact is that strawberries contain Vitamin C that starts breaking down as soon as it is exposed to oxygen and light. In order to boost up Vitamin C, the fruit should be taken after refrigeration.
We eat tomatoes raw when we eat salads, while they should be consumed only after they are heated. Recent studies have found that tomatoes reduce the chances of causing stroke in men. They also fight prostate cancer while preserving the power of brain with age. Eating heated tomatoes increases the lycopene levels. Cooking the tomatoes in olive oil increases their nutritional content. Lycopene is a soluble in fat which means that fat is needed in your diet for its complete absorption.
3. Frozen foods
The tendency is to overlook frozen foods when at the grocery shop. This is something you’re doing wrong, as the right way is to choose the frozen ones. Studies have been carried out in the recent times and they show that people have misconceptions regarding fresh foods. It is generally considered that frozen foods contain higher antioxidants levels such as beta carotene, Vitamin C, and polyphenols than fresh foods. With the ageing of produce, the nutrients start to break down. It is thus better to eat produce which had been frozen when it was ripe than going for a week old produce which is not frozen.
People generally let the bottle breathe when they wine. The idea is to sip a bottle that has been freshly opened. Studies have shown that with the decantation of red wine for long periods, which can be up to twelve hours, the breaking down of the polyphenols and organic acids begin.
When the vegetables are boiled or cooked in microwave, which people generally do, you’re eating wrong. The most useful way of eating vegetables is steaming them. For instance, when broccoli is steamed, it retains the nutrients that fight cancer. The cruciferous vegetable such as arugula, kale, cauliflower, and broccoli, contain sulforaphane, which has anti-cancer properties, in abundance. Myrosinase is an enzyme which is necessary for releasing the compound, gets destroyed on heating intensively. Steaming is a much safer process.