Q: Do I really need to eat my vegetables raw to get the most nutrition out of them?
A: Not always. Contrary to popular belief, cooking vegetables doesn’t destroy all the nutrients and some vegetables are even more nutritious after cooking. Studies show that cooked spinach, carrots, asparagus and a host of other vegetables actually supply more antioxidants as opposed to their raw counterparts. Another study which appears in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry showed that cooking carrots increases their level of beta-carotene.
One of the downsides to cooking vegetables is it can reduce the amount of Vitamin C. But, here’s the bottom line: if cooking vegetables increases the chance that you will eat them, then by all means don’t think twice about it.