Dr Oz: Are Vegetables Healthier Raw Vs Cooked?
Dr Oz had Dr Andrew Weil on the show to discuss palm reflexology massage, iodine sources, and natural sleep remedies. Next, the pair turned to a topic that we all encounter every day: food. Is it better to eat vegetables raw vs cooked? Get Dr Weil’s raw food rules and find out what and how to eat your favorite veggies.
Dr Oz: Raw Food Rules
Dr Andrew Weil said that many different raw foods are good for the body and health, but there are some rules to keep in mind. Some people claim that cooking certain foods will destroy the healthy enzymes they contain. On the other hand, eating raw food just means some of those enzymes will be attacked by your stomach acids.
Natural fruits and vegetables contain protective compounds that are actually unleashed for your body once the foods are cooked.
Dr Andrew Weil: Cooked Vs Raw Foods
The most obvious example of food that’s great to eat raw is lettuce. It actually loses some nutritional value if it’s cooked. On the other hand, tomatoes are more nutrient rich once they have been cooked, containing elements such as Lycopene to prevent prostate cancer.
Dr Oz: Asparagus Cooked Vs Raw
Should you eat asparagus raw or cooked? Dr Weil said that it’s rich in the B vitamin folate, which you won’t get from cooked asparagus. I’ve never eaten raw asparagus before, but maybe I’ll have to try it. Dr Weil said you can dip it in a salad dressing as a snack.
Dr Oz: Garlic Cooked Vs Raw
Garlic is one of nature’s perfect foods, working as an antibiotic and boosting your heart. Crushed, raw garlic is the most potent form. You can mix it into a tomato sauce at the very end, or even throw it in some salad dressing to get the effects.
Dr Oz: Garlic for Colds
If you feel a cold coming on, try eating a Garlic clove to fight off the effects. You can also spread crushed garlic on toast with olive oil or honey.
For people who love garlic but are worried about the smell, Dr Weil said that the smell goes away if you are eating more garlic on a regular basis. For fresh breath after eating, chew fresh parsley.
Dr Oz: Andrew Weil Teeth Whitening Foods
Did you know that foods can whiten your teeth naturally? Dr Andrew Weil recommended eating strawberries and oranges, which scrub your teeth while you eat them to protect the enamel.
Dr Oz: Andrew Weil Fresh Flowers
According to Dr Weil, fresh flowers can be a natural mood booster and improve your health as well as your mood.