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Vitamins Lost During Cooking

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Question

On average, how many vitamins and nutrients are lost when spinach is cooked? Is it more than 50% or under?

Answer

This may surprise you. Spinach's value is enhanced by cooking. Or rather, the carotenoid in it, lutein, is locked in a fiber and released by cooking. This is similar to other carotenoids, lycopene and carotene. We don't know whether there are any vitamins in spinach. Its principal value is in its lutein, an anti-oxidant found in the eye. It is helpful in preventing macular degeneration, which can lead to blindness.

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