We bet your mom always told you to eat your broccoli when you were a kid (whose mom didn’t?), but she may not have told you that it’s better to eat it raw than cooked. Broccoli contains high amounts of the phytochemical sulforaphane, which helps prevent cancer, heart disease, inflammation, depression and more harmful health conditions.


Onions are loaded with health benefits, including cancer-fighting ones, thanks to high concentrations of the flavonoid quercetin. “When eaten raw, you maximize on [onions’] cancer-fighting properties,” says Ashley Walter, nutritionist and chef of Living with Ashley.


Like onions, garlic is an allium vegetable that also has antiplatelet agents, but that means its properties that fight cardiovascular disease are also affected by heat.


ou probably already know that blueberries are healthy for you, but do you know just how healthy? “Blueberries contain more antioxidants than any other fruit, largely due to the high amounts of polyphenols.

Red bell peppers

Roasted peppers are a quick, easy addition to any meal, but you may just want to eat those veggies raw. Red bell peppers are a great source of vitamin C, and heat can destroy vitamin C, according to the National Institutes of Health.


A cruciferous vegetable, kale contains compounds called glucosinolates, and when they come into contact with the enzyme myrosinase, they turn into a different, disease-fighting compound.


This may come as a surprise to some, but yes, you can eat beets raw. In fact, they’re actually a bit healthier for you that way. Beets contain high levels of fiber, folate (a form of vitamin B9), vitamin C.


fresh pineapple juice was more effective at decreasing inflammation and colonic neoplasia (an abnormal growth of tissue around the colon) in mice with colitis than boiled pineapple juice

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