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The Most Common Nutrition Mistakes --- 3. You’re on a veggie kick, boiling lots every night

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3. You’re on a veggie kick, boiling lots every night.

Result: Vitamin-rich pot water

Dropping foods that are rich in water-soluble vitamins (like the Bs, C, folate) into cooking water leaches some of the vitamins. That’s fine for a soup or stew, less so if you’re draining the veggies. A Danish study found that boiled broccoli retained only 45% to 64% of its vitamin C after 5 minutes of boiling; steamed broccoli kept 83% to 100%.

What to do: Haul out that old steamer. Also good: microwaving.