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Old 11-18-2007, 10:51 AM   #1
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Vitamin values of vegetables after cooking

If vegetables are cooked are all the vitamens cooked or of them or only a certain percentage?
What if I bake my vegetables until they are really soft or make stock with them, does this mean there are no vitamens at all left in them?

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Old 11-18-2007, 01:07 PM   #2
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Yes, depending on how the vegetables are cooked, and for how long. Boiling is best way to remove most of the nutrients from your vegetables. Roasting or steaming is the best way to insure the vitamins and minerals stay put. Stirfrying, when done properly, will also ensure you get most of the nutrients you paid for when you bought the vegetables.
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Old 11-18-2007, 01:24 PM   #3
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If you're making a vegetable stock, vitamins lost by the veggies are in the liquid.
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Old 11-18-2007, 04:31 PM   #4
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When I was young I always drank the water that my mom cooked the veggies in to get as much nutrients as possible.
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Old 11-18-2007, 04:46 PM   #5
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When I was young I always drank the water that my mom cooked the veggies in to get as much nutrients as possible.

I still do Sometimes I even crumble up corn bread in the "pot likker"
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Old 11-18-2007, 06:03 PM   #6
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If vegetables are cooked are all the vitamens cooked or of them or only a certain percentage?
What if I bake my vegetables until they are really soft or make stock with them, does this mean there are no vitamens at all left in them?

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Not all the vitamins are cooked out of vegetables; in some cases, nutrients are more bio-available (more easily absorbed by the body) after some cooking. This site has good info on this: WHFoods: Do I have to eat my vegetables raw to attain the full nutritional benefit of the food?
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Old 11-18-2007, 06:10 PM   #7
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CHOICE - Test: Are fresh vegies better?

This link will take you to Choice, which is our consumer organisation that road tests all facets of consumerism. A lot of us swear by their reports and whenever they release findings, they make the news bulletins. While not quite what you were after, this is also a related issue which you might find interesting. Think they did something on the cooking process but can't recall. You can have a search further as a lot of the articles are free.
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Old 11-19-2007, 03:30 AM   #8
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Thanks very much for all the info.
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I save the liquid by putting in a container and freezing it and then when I make soup I use it for the broth.
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Old 11-19-2007, 06:22 AM   #10
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I do that too Letscook.
An idea I got from my mother.
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