To cook or not to cook? While most veggies are healthiest raw, recent research finds carrots are the exception.
Cooking and processing food usually destroys some nutrients, but carrots, a favorite raw snack, provide more available antioxidants when cooked and pureed. A complex chemical reaction makes the nutrients more easily absorbed, according to a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Don't take this to mean you should hurry up and cook your carrots. Even a raw carrot is a nutritional powerhouse, containing well over 100 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A. At only 20 to 30 calories per carrot, you can eat one a day and never lose sight of the benefits of antioxidants that keep you young.