FLAXSEEDS: stop eating them whole! The rumours are true and flaxseeds are great for your health, containing everyting from vitamins to cancer fighting chemicals. But if you eat them whole (spoonfuls on top of your cereal, for example) then your body may not be able to digest them at all. GRIND THEM FIRST!
TOMATOES: If you want to absorb the cancer-fighting chemicals in tomatoes, you need to eat them grilled or roasted. Actually, even tomatoe sauce is better in this regard than raw tomatoes (if you find one with a low sugar content).VEGETABLES: don’t boil or grill! The enzyme myrosinase is necessary to release the sulforaphane compound that helps to fight cancer. But most cooking methods are too intense and destroy the enzyme. Steaming is gentler.RED WINE: Contrary to what the connoisseurs will have you believe, letting a bottle of red wine “breathe” for an hour or more before consuming it is not, in fact, better. It might taste better, but in terms of your health, you’re doing yourself a disservice. After a while the organic acids and polyphenols that are associated with all of red wine’s many health benefits, begin to break down.STRAWBERRIES: Don’t cut them! Many of the nutrients, like Vit C, are sensitive to oxygen and also light. So chopping them up for a fruit salad or blending them in a smoothie might limit their benefits.GARLIC: Chop it and let it sit for a while. Unlike red wine and strawberries, garlic actually benefits from being left to sit in the air. The allicin enzyme will be absorbed better into the body if you dice your garlic and let it sit for at least ten minutes.YOGURT: When you’ve left yogurt in the fridge for a bit and you open it to find a layer of watery liquid on the top, do you pour that liquid down the sink? Well, you shouldn’t, because it’s really good for you! It contains protein and Vitamin B12.FROZEN VEG: Don’t avoid it! UK scientists have discovered that in 2/3 cases, frozen vegetables actually have higher levels of antioxidants and vitamin C than fresh veg.