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Which Broccoli Is Better: Raw or Cooked?

By Fiona Kenny, R.D., March/April 2009

We all know to eat our veggies—but does cooking do in the nutrients?


READER'S COMMENT:
"What about Cruciferous Veggies and oxalates? That's not discussed, shouldn't all Cruciferous Veggies be mildly cooked to avoid issues. "
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What about Cruciferous Veggies and oxalates? That's not discussed, shouldn't all Cruciferous Veggies be mildly cooked to avoid issues.

Anonymous

08/04/2016 - 11:15am

A recent study concluded that "The consumption of raw broccoli caused a significant 27% increase in DNA damage in colonocytes" Beware!!

Lynn, A, Fuller, Z, Collins, A, & Ratcliffe, B 2015, 'Comparison of the effect of raw and blanched-frozen broccoli on DNA damage in colonocytes', Cell Biochemistry & Function, 5, p. 266, Academic OneFile, EBSCOhost, viewed 12 November 2015.

Anonymous

11/12/2015 - 8:08am

I have just been told from a fanatical health food person that raw broccoli is so bad for human consumption it is better cooked. Apparently it affects thyroid health!!! Is this correct!!!

Anonymous

10/11/2014 - 9:43am

I really hope this is a success. Benefits from raw foods are vast. Unfortunately, probably won't happen because of potential contaminated food issues. (Ecoli and salmonella for example)
Please report back how it goes!

Anonymous

08/07/2013 - 12:01pm

Our school secretary is starting a petition to change our school lunch menu from having cooked to
raw broccoli. It will be interesting to see the response to her drive.

Mr. P., Anchorage, Alaska

Anonymous

04/01/2013 - 3:31pm



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