Changing up some ingredients

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Roberta C.
Joined: 8/23/2013

I just this morning read an article in one of my health mags about recent studies that show *some*  CANNED fruits and veg deliver more nutritional punch in the form of antioxidants and vitamins than in their raw states...we've long known that cooking carrots until tender-crisp optimizes their value, and cooked tomatoes' lycopene levels surge over fresh. There are others that I will be adding to my blasts this week: canned pumpkin, peaches and stewed tomatoes, here I come. Looking at shaving prep time, too--always a good thing!

 

What other ingredients can you suggest we try in cooked or canned form?

BobbieAnne cooking some veggies can improve antioxidant uptake but will also lower the availability of some vitamins which are damaged during cooking. I would suggest you cook them instead of buying canned or buy frozen that has been cooked. Studies have shown that the linings in many canned foods leach BPA and other unhealthy compounds into the food. You are doing so awesome! Keep it up. Healthy wishes wally Bishop C.N.C.
Thanks for your reply, Wally. This study looked specifically at foods processed via CANNING--beyond merely cooking. Noted, for example, was the near-complete depletion of vitamin C in canned peaches while the antioxident levels rocketed. For me, that's a biggie, as I get LOADS of C and *good* fresh or frozen peaches are very hard to come by. Heck, in relatively rural areas like mine, this cold weather has reduced decent fruit choices to apples and bananas. We bought a cantaloupe today that seemed near perfect, but when we cut into it, it smells medicinal and moldy. Yuck. And I am pretty sure my can of peach halves packed in juice will give me a healthier and tastier option this week.
Dr. Oz says to uptake your fiber, eat 1/2 cup pumpkin. I love pumpkin but I just eat pumpkin pie, where it's cooked. Can we eat it right out of the can? Today I almost bought some to eat it, but wasn't' sure if I could eat it raw. I'd appreciate some feedback on this.
Jficks, I put a good dollop right out of the can into my Nutribullet. It's not raw; it's fully cooked in the canning process. It does make your blasts THICK if you go with almond milk and say, a banana. So I tend to go with juicier fruits and veg like cukes and grapes, then use water or chilled green tea to the max line to get a good consistency for sipping. Of course, you could also do kind of a pumpkin pie pudding type blast with some honey or dates or agave, some cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves...maybe stir in a handful of raisins and chopped nuts for a great raw dessert...hmmm. I gave me a good idea!;-)
jficks wrote: Dr. Oz says to uptake your fiber, eat 1/2 cup pumpkin. I love pumpkin but I just eat pumpkin pie, where it's cooked. Can we eat it right out of the can? Today I almost bought some to eat it, but wasn't' sure if I could eat it raw. I'd appreciate some feedback on this.
You can eat it right out of the can. You can also use sweet potatoes, butternut squash or kobocha squash to get similar amounts of fiber.