One of the most foundational truths about losing weight and improving your health is that you need more than just exercise – nutrition is key. Choosing the right kinds of foods to put into your body very heavily determines the quality of fuel on which you run and how your body composition will (or won’t) change for the better. Every person truly committed to living a fit lifestyle should understand the critical importance of consuming appropriately sized servings of healthy, whole foods. However, when it comes to food, what you eat is not the only crucial variable to consider – how you eat it can matter as well.
Obviously, deep frying all your vegetables or downing your salads in high-fat dressings are both extreme examples of how food preparation can transform a great meal into a diet disaster. However, there are also lesser-known realities that even the most vigilant cook might not be aware is trashing the nutritional value of their eating habits. Here are three things you should know about how to eat otherwise very healthy foods.
Do Not Slice Your Strawberries
When you pre-slice strawberries, you are unknowingly working against yourself. The fat-burning vitamin within the fruit is actually eroded by oxygen exposure. Essentially, the longer the fruit sits slice with its vitamin-rich interior exposed to air, the less healthy and able to torch fat that it becomes. The best way to eat a nice, juicy strawberry is to just bit into it whole. Otherwise, wait to slice them up until you are ready to eat them immediately afterwards. Just be sure you do not slice and then store them, eating the fruit slowly over time. That method is guaranteed to diminish the strawberry’s fat-burning ability.
There Is Whey In Greek Yogurt Water
Greek yogurt has recently become a health food staple for conscious eaters all around the country. Renowned for its ability to marry the probiotic benefits of yogurt with an especially poignant punch of additional protein, Greek yogurt certainly brings a ton of nutritional value to the table. However, when most consumers peel back their yogurt lids and find the “water” that settles on top, they are liable to just presume this is excess moisture and dump it into the trash or down the sink. However, that “water” is so much more than just that – it is actually whey protein jam-packed with amino acids, calcium, and vitamins. Do not dump it! The right way to eat Greek yogurt means mixing that watery whey back into the yogurt beneath it and really reaping the benefits of Greek yogurt’s fat-burning prowess.
Cooking Brings Out More Than The Tomato’s Flavor
In many cases, fruits and vegetables offer more nutritional value if they are eaten raw, as opposed to cooked. Cooking sometimes burns off some vitamin and mineral content. However, this is certainly not the case when it comes to tomatoes. Tomatoes are loaded with a phytonutrient called lycopene, which offers many positive health benefits. Cooking actually increases the concentration of lycopene in tomatoes, so go ahead and heat them up before enjoying your meal!