Posts Tagged ‘Overcooked Vegetables’

Soggy Vegetables…..Should I??

August 27, 2009

A couple of days ago I picked up lunch for my partner (Marcia) and I. We try to eat right so I brought home some steamed vegetables over chicken and rice. Normally this is a very tasty meal. This time the veggies were soggy from being overcooked. We discussed what affect this might have on their nutritional value. So I began digging.

As it turns out, just like with exercise, a little is better than none at all. Vegetables benefit you no matter how they are prepared. Don’t get me wrong, the best situation is that you steam them and eat them crisp.

It is true that some nutrients are lost due to being overexposed to heat or water. This includes loss of minerals such as potassium and sodium. Also water soluble vitamins such as folic acid and vitamin C are reduced.

But it’s not all bad news. According to David Haytowitz of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Nutrient Data Laboratory vegetables also contain protein, fiber and carbohydrates that are not harmed by overcooking.

So do as your Mother told you and EAT YOUR VEGETABLES, no matter how crisp or soggy they may be.

Advertisements