Cooking vegetables 'improves benefits' -- nonsensical propaganda from the BBC.
BBC> Vegetables can offer
better heath benefits when they are cooked and mashed, helping to lay
rest to a popular misconception, scientists have said. Although
many people think raw vegetables offer the best protection against heart
disease and cancer, this simply is not true, they said.
BBC> However, nutrition
specialists say there is no point in people focussing on how to eat vegetables
until they are eating enough of them in the first place.
BBC> Cancer prevention
The Union of Concerned Scientists, however suggest caution: "We believe that the federal government must strengthen the regulatory system governing genetically engineered microorganisms, plants, and animals, so that the risks and benefits can be evaluated carefully, case by case, before they come to market." Yet unknown amounts of GM foods are currently being perpetrated on the unsuspecting public, without our knowledge (no labeling laws), consent, or minimal understanding of the effects of this technology. The same "rush to market" (free market?) approach to industrial profit was used with pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, food additives, junk and fast foods ... and all uniformly led to huge industrial profits and environmental and personal health disasters.
BBC> She said that while
the gut could absorb between three and four per cent of the carotenoids
in raw carrots, that could increase by up to five times if the carrots
were cooked and mashed.
BBC> "One of the problems
with getting carotenoids into your body is the structure of the food,
particularly the tough-walled cells like those in carrots. Cooking helps
to release them," Dr Southon told the magazine.
BBC> The team also found
that it was easier for the body to absorb vitamins from vegetables than
BBC> The scientists - from
the UK, the Netherlands Spain, Ireland and France - conducted their study
using an artificial gut.
BBC> The researchers hope
in future to work out precise amounts of carotenoids absorbed from food
prepared in different ways so they get set recommended daily amounts
BBC> But Sarah Schenker,
a nutrition scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation, said people
did not yet eat the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables
per day, and so there was little point getting too concerned about how
food was prepared.
She told BBC News Online: "It's
a common misconception that raw vegetables are better for you, and perhaps
this study will help rectify that, ...