(HealthDay News) -- Cooking vegetables properly can help maintain peak nutrition. On the other hand, overcooking them may cause valuable vitamins and nutrients to go down the drain, experts say.
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The Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition offers this advice:
- Use a soft brush and water to clean produce with thick skins. By contrast, soaking them may cause some nutrients to dissolve in the water.
- Steam produce instead of cooking in water.
- If you do cook produce in water, save the water for later use.
- Microwave vegetables, as the shorter cooking time may help keep key nutrients.
-- Diana Kohnle
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