Monday, July 27, 2009

Making food better

An interesting piece on absorption of nutrients from food on NPR this morning. Among the things they discussed:
  • you need oil to absorb nutrients from foods. Not necessarily a lot, but some. (So, out with that horrible no-fat dressing!)(You also need oil to carry flavours across the tastebuds, so it's an all-round good idea.)
  • cooking vegetables with caratenoids - carrots, in particular - is actually better than eating them raw as it makes the caratenoids easier to absorb
  • microwaving might help to preserve antioxidants better than other cooking methods because of short cooking times


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