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Maximum Nutrition


By Steve Gelman

Yes, yes, we know that you know that eating broccoli is good for you. But did you know that cooking it incorrectly can destroy the health benefits? Or that failing to spot just one word on the label of cooking oil can deprive you of vital nutrients? And are you aware of a common mistake that strips the vitamins from fruit that you buy or store in the fridge?

"You must always be aware of nutrient retention if you want to get the biggest health boost from food," says Jennifer Crum, a dietician with New York University Medical Center in New York City. "And the way you cook, buy and store food can make a big difference in how many nutrients it retains. This is especially true for fruit, which is very sensitive to heat and light." To maximize the nutrients in the food your family eats, follow these 10 simple dos and don'ts from the experts:

Better Buying
DON'T buy "blended" cooking oil Blended oils are usually dominated by the cheapest and least-healthful oil listed on the label. Instead, look for single-source oils such as pure canola or pure olive.
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