Vegetables,we talk here, are any part of plants that people eat as their food such as leaves, roots,bulbs,tubers,stems, buds,flowers,seeds and fruits. Nuts and cereal grains are not considered vegetables.Vegetables grown in tropical countries cannot be grown in cold countries. Therefore countries have to import vegetables for their consumption.But the new trend is to cultivate vegetables in protected environments such as greenhouses and hothouses. Vegetables that require cool climatic conditions to grow, are grown in greenhouses and vegetables that require warm climatic conditions to grow, are grown in hothouses.However vegetables are a great source of nutrition without which human life is impossible on this planet.
EATING RAW VEGETABLES
A lot of people prefer eating raw vegetables.Some green leafy vegetables and some tubers, can be eaten raw.The most important thing when eating raw vegetables is hygiene.To limit contamination, vegetables should be cleaned , washed and stored well.If not you will get gastrointestinal infections such as diarrhea and vomiting by eating them.It is better to eat vegetables containing vitamin C without cooking because heat destroys it. You can get high levels of beta carotene by eating vegetables raw. Your body is capable of converting it into vitamin A. Vitamin A is important for your vision,reproduction, bone growth and regulating the immune system
In conclusion what I can say from what I have studied is that both eating vegetables raw and cooked have their own health benefits and disadvantages.When cooked, while one property of the vegetable is lost , another is boosted up.When eaten raw while you have a chance to get the natural properties directly,you have the risk of contamination,Therefore the most important thing is to eat a considerable amount of vegetables in your diets daily and not the way you eat whether cooked or raw.
The best person to know about your food is your medical doctor. So don't hesitate to consult him for your nutrition problems.