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Are frozen carrots as healthy as fresh?

Thank you for the question! In short, the answer is yes. Frozen carrots can be as healthy as fresh carrots.

Frozen vegetables -- without additives like a sauce, salt, or seasoning -- can be just as healthy as fresh vegetables. Frozen vegetables and fruits are frozen quickly after they have been harvested, this helps to preserve vitamins and minerals in the food. If fresh fruits and vegetables have been stored for a long time, they can begin to lose nutrients. In this case, frozen fruits and vegetables could have more nutrients than fresh!

I have always heard vegetables have more vitamins & nutrients when consumed raw. Are there any vegetables that should never be eaten raw?

Eating raw vegetables isn't always the healthiest option. It is best to eat both raw and cooked vegetables to get the most nutrients from them. Some vegetables become more nutritious when cooked, like tomatoes. The body is better able to absorb lycopene from tomatoes when they have been cooked. Some studies show that the availability of antioxidants increases when carrots, spinach, mushrooms, asparagus, cabbage, and peppers are boiled or steamed. However, cooking some vegetables might decrease the amount of vitamin C in it.

How long can you leave coleslaw at room temperature? I am concerned about the mayonnaise spoiling.

The best rule of thumb is: when in doubt, throw it out!

The longer we allow potentially hazardous foods (like coleslaw) to remain in the 'danger zone' (40 to 140 degree Farenheit), the higher the risk of that food causing illness. If these types of foods remain in the danger zone for more than 2 hours, throw it out.

In the case of foods left out for serving during a meal or party:

1. Try to keep cold foods cold (40 degrees or colder) and hot foods hot (145 degrees) for as long as possible.

Hello! Could you expand on the benefits of consuming cooked vegetables versus raw vegetables? Are some vegetables better for you if you cook them before you eat them? Why or why not?

We are learning more every day about the benfits of different vegetables when they are cooked versus raw.

With most vegetables, cooking them can make it easier for our bodies to digest and absorb the nutrients they offer us. It can also make them more enjoyable to eat.

Sometimes, cooking a vegetable, like spinach, can reduce the amount of vitamin C it contains. But since cooking also shrinks the spinach in size, a cup of cooked spinach will have much more nutrients overall than a cup of raw spinach.