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5 Foods You’re Eating Wrong

Health & Family

Vegetables

Your mistake: Microwaving or boiling them
The fix: Steaming

Why it works: Steaming helps retain cancer-fighting nutrients in broccoli better than other cooking methods, reports a new study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Sulforaphane — a plant compound with strong anti-cancer properties — is abundant in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, kale and arugula. The enzyme myrosinase is necessary to release the compound, but most cooking methods destroy it. Steaming is a slower, gentler heat and isn’t intense enough to kill myrosinase, explains study author Elizabeth Jeffery, Ph.D. Cook broccoli in a steaming basket for three to four minutes for the biggest cancer-fighting boost.

Here are more foods with amazing — and scientifically proved — health benefits: 40 Foods With Superpowers

Strawberries

Your mistake: Slicing them before eating
The fix: Eating them whole

Why it works: Whole strawberries contain 8% to 12% more vitamin C than…

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