Vegetables, they decrease systemic inflammation and improve gut health via fiber.
Low-level, chronic inflammation is associated with 7 of the 10 leading causes of mortality. Vegetables are the pound-for-pound king of anti-inflammatory nutrients. There are benefits to eating some vegetables raw and equally some for cooking them.
Cooking vegetables breaks down the plants’ thick cell walls and aids the body’s uptake of some nutrients bound to those cell walls. One example is tomatoes, when compared to their raw counterparts, cooked tomatoes have 35% more of the antioxidant Lycopene.
Increased absorption of anti-oxidants and improved gut health before bed will result in a better night’s sleep. A better night’s sleep will result in a more productive day tomorrow, so make it a habit to eat cooked vegetables with dinner every night.
Raw vegetables can be tougher to digest because the fiber is intact, but intact fiber is also a benefit of raw vegetables. The nutrients cleaved to fiber can be muted by cooking (for example, Vitamins B and C). By eating both cooked and raw vegetables, you get the full spectrum of nutrients vegetables offer. In addition to maximizing nutrient absorption, the intact fiber in raw vegetables helps prevent afternoon energy crashes. Fiber slows the digestion of your lunch, stabilizing blood sugar for a 4- to 6-hour window. This will easily get you past the typical late-afternoon energy slump.