Scientific data in hand, this cooking method is the best for preserving the vitamin C content
The highest fiber vegetables
Including vegetables in your diet is an excellent alternative to stay fit. These foods are in fact characterized by an important content of fiber, nutrients that promote weight loss by optimizing satiety. Not to be forgotten is the supply of vitamins.
When it comes to vegetables, the first that comes to mind is undoubtedly C. Also called ascorbic acid, vitamin C is present in large quantities in many raw vegetables. Those who love cooked vegetables, if they intend to preserve their contents, should move towards steaming.
Introducing steamed vegetables into your diet can therefore prove to be a valuable choice for health. The effects of this cooking method on the vitamin C content have been at the center of scientific attention several times.
Worthy of note in this regard is a study published in 2013 and conducted by a team active at Woodbridge High School in Irvine (USA). The experts in question focused on the effects of three different cooking methods – steaming, microwaving, boiling – on broccoli, spinach and lettuce.
At the follow up, it was noted that steaming is the one that has the least impact on the vitamin C content. Having clarified this aspect, it is essential to remember some tricks that allow, in cases where you opt for a diet with steamed vegetables, maximize nutrient content.
One of these expedients involves the fact, when possible, not to peel them. By acting in this way, it is possible to preserve the fiber share. Furthermore, it is advisable to avoid using sodium bicarbonate during cooking. The risk of its integration is in fact linked to the dispersion of vitamin C.
Net of the advantages just mentioned, when it comes to the diet with steamed vegetables it is worth mentioning some cons. The main one is that, frequently, vegetables cooked with this method can turn out to be tasteless. Not bad, as it is possible to flavor them with tasty spices.
We conclude by recalling the importance of contacting your doctor before starting to consume them and pointing out that, after having prepared them, it is good to consume them after 1/2 days (again to avoid compromising the vitamin C content).