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7 Ways You Are Making Your Vegetables Less Nutritious

Do you motivate yourself to eat vegetables every day for the good of your health? That’s great! But chances are you might be  best dose of nutrients every time you eat them. You see, it’s easy for veggies to lose nutrients and vitamins if not prepared properly.

So don’t just focus on eating more veggies—try to get the most nutrients out of each meal. Here are 7 things that make veggies less nutritious and how you can avoid them.

1. Juicing

Juicing is a great way to eat more veggies effortlessly. But you’ll be missing out on fiber if you choose juicing over eating whole veggies. And as you may know, fiber controls hunger and improves digestion.

Blending your veggies is better than juicing since you’ll get all the fiber content. You can make your smoothies tastier and healthier by adding spices like turmeric or cinnamon.

2. Not washing your veggies

Most veggies in the market are filled with chemicals from pesticides. In fact, a 2013 study found that a third of the produce they tested had pesticide residues. Note that toxins from pesticides can cause inflammation, diarrhea and increase risk of diseases if you’re exposed to them long-term.

Make sure you wash your veggies thoroughly before you cook them, or buy organic.

3. You only eat your veggies raw

You may think that eating raw veggies retains all the nutrients, but that’s not entirely true. Some veggies like tomatoes are more nutritious when cooked. And I may also note that raw veggies are not easy to break down and absorb once ingested.

You’re better off eating your veggies cooked most of the time. Only eat raw veggies occasionally.

4. Using the wrong salad dressing

Eating salads with fat improves absorption of nutrients, but the type of fat you use matters. Most salad dressings are unhealthy and loaded with lots of calories. Extra virgin olive oil is the best fat to add to your salads.

5. Boiling your veggies

Did you know that water absorbs vitamins from vegetables when they’re boiled? And did you further know that boiling reduces antioxidant content in foods?

If you have to boil your veggies, don’t forget to drink the water you cook with since it has nutrients. But realize that steaming, roasting and sautéing are better ways of cooking veggies without losing nutrients.

6. Overcooking

This may sound obvious, but most people still do it. Veggies shouldn’t lose color or get mushy when we cook them. Here’s how you can avoid overcooking veggies.

7. You don’t buy frozen veggies

Some studies show that frozen veggies are more nutritious than fresh ones. Reason being, fresh veggies start to lose nutrients when stored for several days, while frozen veggies contain most of the nutrients since they’re packaged immediately after harvesting.

Buy frozen veggies since they’re healthy and cheaper. And don’t store fresh veggies more than a week.

SOURCE: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/7-ways-you-are-making-your-vegetables-less-nutritious.html


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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