Baked Vegetables And Health


Many people prefer baked food for their special taste. Generally, most vegetables are not a good choice for baking and regular consumption of baked food may be harmful to your health as well. Leafy green vegetables and fruits should not be baked. When people enjoy the barbecue in their backyard, grilled seafood and meat are usually the main food. However, some people prefer to use some fresh green vegetables like spinach, leeks, Granny Smith Apple etc. Heated food may easily generate harmful substance to the health. Also, the nutrients of fruits and vegetables such as vitamins will be damaged under excessive heat.


Potatoes may be the best choice with seafood and meat in barbecue. Generally, some roasted vegetables like sweet potato, potato and Lotus root can provide adequate dietary fiber and keep the balance of minerals. However, potatoes must be roasted in medium heat. In addition, some fresh vegetables can also be roasted, such as onions, green peppers, eggplants, carrots and so on. They can bring great benefits to the body as well such as minerals and dietary fiber.

In a barbecue, seafood must be baked for a longer time. Some seafood contain a variety of pathogenic bacteria such as Vibrio parahaemolyticus which have strong resistance to heat. In order to kill them, the temperature should be kept above 80 degrees. Generally, cooking seafood can be safe. You can consume seafood with some garlic and mustard which can effectively kill bacteria in the food.

In addition, the open flame grill will generate some bad chemical substance like polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons etc. So, the best choice for barbecue should be the oven or electric grill. For charcoal fire, you should pack up the food using a layer of aluminum foil. This can effectively avoid excessive smoke containing carcinogens to be attached to the surface of the food.

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