Another thing my mom was wrong about.

See? It's better for you now.: Still tastes pretty bad, though.
See? It's better for you now.: Still tastes pretty bad, though.Courtesy churl
Since I was in third or fourth grade, I’ve been keeping a list of the things my mom has been wrong about. I think the first item involved her confusing Margot Kidder with Nicole Kidman (as if), the second had to do with whether or not a pack of cigarettes belonged to my teenage brother, and numbers 3 though 8 were all about advanced algebra. Number 9 famously involved her opinion on Terminator 2 (wrong, lady, it turns out it’s an awesome movie!). Item 10, to be honest, never would have happened if the cumin had been labeled properly, but I keep it on the list anyway. 11 is still pending (please, Mother, why would I have that CD? I mean, accordion music?), but I think I already have a solid number 12: cooking vegetables actually boosts their nutritional value, and not the opposite, as is often believed.

A study in last month’s issue of ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry has shown that boiling and steaming (but not frying) vegetables like carrots, zucchini and broccoli may in fact increase the available amounts of certain nutrients. So if anyone starts to get all raw-foods on you, you can throw that in their face (unless it’s the carrot, which could take out an eye).

Now, I’m sure Mom would say that she knew that all along, and that it’s cooking methods like frying and microwaving that makes foods less nutritious, but that’s what I have lawyers for, and I would remind her that, before she starts anything new, we’re still working out the whole Thanksgiving libel situation.

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