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    Raw vs. steamed veggies

    Is there a significant difference? I read that steamed/cooked carrots have a GI of 98, while raw have a GI of around 20. Does anyone know if that kind of change occurs when steaming cauliflower or broccoli?
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    You may lose vitamins and minerals. I don´t think that happens with the GI, only with you do the steaming with cheese.
    Funny thing is that the carrot from Romania has a GI of 16 while the carrot from Canada has a GI of 92.

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    I read that you can lose up to 97 percent of broccoli's antioxidants / cancer fighting compounds when cooked in a microwave.

    Me, I usually steam mine and without being in direct contact with the boiling water (steaming) minimizes nutrient loss.

    Eating raw vegetables they can contain microbes... cooking them makes the vegetables safer to eat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pylon
    Is there a significant difference? I read that steamed/cooked carrots have a GI of 98, while raw have a GI of around 20. Does anyone know if that kind of change occurs when steaming cauliflower or broccoli?
    Steaming vegetables does not cause any significant degree of change in either GI or nutrient value (as long as you don't cook them till they are a soggy goop - then you can effect the phytochemicals and nutrients in the vegetables! ).

    Also - the GI of carrots is low, regardless of cooking. The original study that calculated the GI of carrots as 92 was flawed and re-examination showed that the GI was infact low (49).

    Here is a link for more info:
    http://www.mendosa.com/diabetes_update_14.htm#Carrots

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vieope
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    Sounds like you need to set up Emma with an Avatar Vieope
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