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Question : I’ve heard that cooking vegetables makes them lose most of their vitamins and minerals. Is this true?
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Kathy McManus, M.S., R.D., is the director of the department of nutrition at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Simmons College, completed her Dietetic Internship at Brigham and Women Hospital, and received a Master of Science degree in nutrition from Framingham State College.

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All methods of cooking cause vegetables to lose some nutrients. But boiling can cause the biggest loss.

So when boiling, use a small amount of water. Then simmer for a short time, or until the vegetables are tender. Don’t overcook. You can use the veggie water for soup stock or other dishes. The best way to cook vegetables is steaming. Of course, raw is great too!

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