Surprise! You're Cooking Your Carrots Wrong, and Here's How to Fix It

Cooking carrots is trickier than you think

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Carrots, ready to be cooked the right way.

Generally, we assume that once we’ve integrated vegetables into our diets, we’re living a healthy lifestyle. While vegetables are a great source of vitamins and minerals, this isn’t necessarily true. You have to cook your vegetables in a specific way to gain all of their health benefits.

I’m sorry to say it, but you’ve been cooking your carrots wrong. When you boil carrots, you should cut them before throwing them in the water, right? Wrong. Boil your carrots whole and cut them after they’re cooked — doing so will help them retain more nutritional value. These are the little things that we don’t think of when cooking vegetables. While carrots are a great source of vitamins C, K, B8, and beta carotene, you sacrifice nutritional value when you cut them before cooking.

Another carrot tip to keep in mind: They’re always better cooked than raw. Cooking helps break down the cell walls in the carrots so you can absorb more of the nutrients.