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Greens: Raw or Cooked?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Someone recently told me raw greens are better for us than cooked. I read a few articles stating otherwise. One article suggested a variety is ideal.

Would you please share your thoughts?

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HICKOK-HALEY 8/17/2014 8:58AM

    I love a Spinch Salad, but I can't stand cooked Spinich. Same with Cabbage. Other veggies I prefer cooked or grilled. Guess I am well rounded hehe

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WINE4GIRL 8/17/2014 8:12AM

    Generally raw has more nutrients. But Variety is the spice of life!

Comment edited on: 8/17/2014 8:12:38 AM

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LESSOFMOORE 7/21/2014 9:26PM

    It's true, some people can't eat a lot of raw foods.

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BONOLICIOUS2 7/21/2014 8:36AM

    I read somewhere that too much raw can upset your stomach. I tried eating this big green combo once of raw broccoli, avocado, kale, etc... and yup it will cause some tummy trouble! But if you spread it out, might be better?

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KNYAGENYA 7/19/2014 10:34AM

    For me it depends on the vegetable, some I like cooked and others I like raw.

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PAMBWS 7/19/2014 8:45AM

    Eating veggies is more important that how they are prepared. If you like 'em raw...enjoy. If you like 'em cooked...enjoy. If you like 'em both ways...then think of it as having lots of variety.

But, there is not much that is better than a fresh, baby carrot...still warm from the ground, with the dirt just wiped off on your jeans! Fresh, sweet, crisp...mmmmmmmmmm.

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PHEBESS 7/19/2014 6:49AM

    I figure I should eat my greens the way I like them, so at least I'm eating them.

For me, that's usually salad. Mmmmmmm, spinach salad! Agugula! Spring green mix!!!

But I also like spinach in eggs, or with pasta (arugula is good with pasta), or all kinds of cooked ways.

Anyway, eat them the way they taste best to you. Life is too short to eat yucky food, LOL!

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SASSISPRING 7/19/2014 3:24AM

    I think it all depends on your own body and how well it processes raw foods. I think when you have a healthy body, steaming veggies and eating some raw in salads is a good mix.

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_LINDA 7/19/2014 1:49AM

    You can absorb nutrients better from spinach cooked I have read, but I prefer it raw :-P I am guessing though, if you got into green juicing you would be able to absorb the nutrients then. I generally eat my greens raw as I don't care for cooking..

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1CRAZYDOG 7/18/2014 9:16PM

    Really depends on the greens. Kale I eat either way, but generally cooked. Spinach I love raw. BUT I will also cook it -- mostly when it's colder out in soup. Rhe lettuces I eat raw. Broccoli -- either way.

So, I think the concensus seems to be either way!

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LODESTONE 7/18/2014 6:54PM

    Either way- love kale in soups, as chips or in a salad. Same with broccoli.

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CAROLINERSA 7/18/2014 5:18PM

    Thanks for sharing! Some of the ladies in my fitness class drink their so-called "detox" juice (cucumber, cauliflower, apple....anything green really). They believe it helps them recover better after a workout. I believe in stretching. ;) But all jokes aside, I like a variety of both cooked and raw greens.

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MAGGIEVAN 7/18/2014 4:33PM

    I do both. Absolutely raw and having a huge variety can be very time consuming as you need lots of planning etc. I love kale but not raw. I summer raw is easier because almost anything can go in a salad. In winter I prefer soups and often my soups have 15 plus vegs in it. Find out what works for your body.

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TIME4COFFEE 7/18/2014 4:06PM

    I think a variety is beneficial and healthy. There will be different nutrition and benefits from being fixed/not fixed differently and our bodies benefit from taking the variety offered.

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LWILKINS60 7/18/2014 3:43PM

    It depends...some I like cooked (well most) and I like some raw too.

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