Keto and Cooked Vegetables
You might have noticed something about vegetables.
Some vegetables do well in your stomach raw, and some don’t.
For a while, I tried to get on a raw vegetable kick. It didn’t work out at all.
We bought one of those super duper blenders that could turn rocks into soup! You just throw your veggies in, turn it on, and viola! you have a raw smoothie.
It sounds good, but then I would drink it and my stomach would bloat up. Instead of drinking veggies, I would feel like I had actually eaten rocks.
There's a reason
There’s a reason for it, and a very good one.
It seemed logical to me, that the raw version of the veggies would have the most nutrients and therefore be better. Not true.
You have to think of food more like a scientific formula. Keto and cooked vegetables might be meant for each other. When you cook food together, the heat changes it, and you get something different than when you started. And that can be a very good thing.
Many vegetables contain ingredients that aren’t so great if you eat them raw. But, cooking them changes them into a much better version.
Kale, and other cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts, contain goitrogens. Goitrogens can depress your thyroid function.
Don't get too excited
Don’t get too worried though. First, if you cook them, it cooks that stuff out. Also, If you don’t eat a huge amount of them, it’s not a big deal. One meal with a little raw cauliflower isn’t going to kill you. We are concerned with the cumulative effect over time.
Kale again, plus spinach and swiss chard, contain oxalic acid which leaches the minerals out of your bones and can cause kidney stones. However, about 60% will evaporate out if you cook the greens, making them much safer to consume.
This also shows that it’s a good idea to alternate your vegetables.
Don’t get the wrong idea. Keto and cooked vegetables do go together. Vegetables are generally very good to have in your diet. They provide fiber to keep the old pipes clean and moving. They provide certain nutrients that you can’t get otherwise.
And there are others, like celery for instance, that are great raw. It’s only certain veggies that are better cooked.
Keto is more of a way of thinking than a set diet. Vegetables do have a place at the table. Just in the right amount, and prepared the right way.
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