Monday January 27 2014

How best should you eat these foods, half or wholly cooked?



By Roland Nasasira

Richard Muhumuza, a nutritionist at Diet Clinic in Wandegeya says all fruits are best eaten in their raw form as they contain micro-nutrients in the form of vitamins and mineral salts, which are crucial for the body.

But some foods, especially vegetables such as cabbages are best eaten when they are half-cooked, to be able to break down the complex sugars into smaller components for easy absorption into the alimentary.

Below, Roland Nasasira brings you some of the common foods and how best they can be eaten.


Carrots are root vegetables orange in colour and have a sugary taste. When eaten either in raw or half cooked forms, carrots contain vitamin A, carbohydrates, potassium and calcium which strengthens the bones.

Egg plants

Eggplant is rich in fibre and contains Vitamin B, which give you all the energy you need. Eggplant is a very versatile vegetable. It can be baked or roasted and eaten as a side dish.


According to nutritionist Teddy Nakyanzi, cabbages are best eaten when they are half cooked so as to break down the complex sugars in them into simple components for easy absorption in the alimentary canal.
They are also easy to digest.

Fish is well known for its richness in proteins and omega 3 fatty acids that are good for maintaining heart health. It is best eaten when it is wholly cooked or boiled.

Broccoli is a member of the cabbage family of vegetables. It is associated with anticancer benefits as well as reduced inflammation and higher immunity. It is best eaten when steamed.

Cucumber, which is a long green skinned vegetable with watery flesh, is best eaten as salad. It keeps the body hydrated because of its high water levels and the vitamin C and B9 and phosphorous .


Twaha Rwegyema, a nutritionist at Diet Clinic in Wandegeya says eating chicken after boiling it is a potential source of proteins, as it helps to maintain body tissues such as muscles. It is also a rich source of food recommended for children.

Pumpkin is a low-calorie vegetable that is high in fiber and vitamin A. It is also rich in beta carotene, which helps prevent heart disease. Pumpkins are best eaten when they are wholly cooked.

Richard Muhumuza, a nutritionist with diet clinic at Wandegeya says beef is best eaten when it is wholly cooked. This is because raw meat is one of the carriers of disease causing agents such as tapeworms.