Peeling fruits and vegetables automatically makes us wonder if there are alternatives that will allow us to better enjoy the foods we eat. So here are nine helpful tips that can change our kitchen and table habits.
Unlike vitamin C, the allicin in garlic needs some exposure to air to activate. So the advice is to let it rest for at least 10 seconds in the air before cutting it to add it to dishes.
Is it better to eat raw or cooked carrots? Raw for ingestion of vitamin C, but cooked to facilitate absorption of beta carotene and vitamin A, even better if seasoned with a little olive oil. In addition, a study in this regard advises to cook whole carrots so that a greater amount of nutrients remain inside this vegetable and not get lost during cooking.
Using raw tomatoes is certainly refreshing and useful for preparing salads and cold dishes in the summer, as well as being quick and practical. But even on hot days do not forget to eat the tomatoes soaked in sauce, as cooking allows the body to absorb its lycopene more easily.
Do you love mustard? This sauce is a condiment that can have health benefits, but your list of ingredients on the label should be as short as possible. It's fine if the list contains turmeric, or turmeric, because curcumin contains a mixture of strong phytonutrient antioxidants, considered beneficial to the liver and with anti-inflammatory properties. Used as a natural color in processed foods, the ingredient comes with the code E100.
Flax seeds are rich in nutrients and one of the main vegetable sources of essential fatty acids. The body, however, is unable to digest all this seed and therefore tends to expel it. Therefore it is better to grind flax seeds before adding them in sauces and or salads.
You may be used to eating cooked broccoli, but according to a study in 2008, steaming would be the only method that can preserve, and even enhance, the anticancer properties of the substances in broccoli.
7. Black tea and green tea
Do you usually add milk to black tea like the English do? Studies have shown that adding milk in a tea cup can nullify the beneficial effects of tea on the cardiovascular system. If you opt for green tea, you can add some lemon juice, since vitamin C would be able to increase the bioavailability of the nutrients found in green tea.
8. Natural yogurt
When opening a jar of natural yogurt you may have noticed an aqueous medium on its surface and you probably tend to throw away this 'water' instead of mixing it with the rest of the yogurt. In the liquid part of natural yogurt are important substances such as calcium, phosphorus and vitamin B12. So mix water with yogurt and eat everything.
Eating an apple the way we usually do, wastes 30% of this fruit. Most people often wash, peel, eat the apple and discard its core. But apparently there is a smarter, less wasteful way to eat apples. Eat it from the bottom up! Don't forget to wash it before consumption.
We should also always eat very ripe apples because they are richer in antioxidants.