If someone asked you to name your favorite food, chances are you’d reply with something—like cake, steak, or French fries—that requires at least some cooking. But there are actually a number of foods that are much healthier when eaten raw.
In fact, a number of food items lose important nutrients when they go through the cooking process—that means baking, boiling, steaming, grilling, roasting or some other kind of preparation that involves applying heat. So, which foods should you strongly consider eating raw?
There are many reasons to eat beets, whether they’re cooked or eaten raw: they contain lots of fiber, vitamin C, potassium, manganese, vitamin B folate, and more. Eating beets has been shown to help improve the immune system, keep stamina high, prevent inflammation, and lower blood pressure.
But here’s the thing: when you cook beets, you lose about a quarter of their folate, which can help keep our bodies healthy and is particularly helpful in the development of unborn children. That’s why you should consider adding raw beets to your meals – try them in a salad or slice them up and enjoy with a low-fat dip.