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From chia seeds, to coffee, to the humble potato — you could be losing the valuable nutrients in your food while you eat it. This sounds weird, but the amount of goodness you get from your meal or snack is largely determined by how you prepare it, and what you add to it.
Here are some tips to help you can get the maximum amount of nutrients from seven popular foods you are probably eating wrong.
Melanie McGrice, a dietician based in central Melbourne, says that while coffee has been shown to reduce the risk of diabetes, “in order to reap the benefits, you should have it black without sugar.” So a caramel-mocha-frappuccino probably doesn’t count. Black, no sugar. Got it. (Post continues after gallery.)
2. Orange juice
It’s no secret that many store-bought varieties of OJ are high in sugar, and should only be consumed occasionally. However, there’s another reason why fresh is better: the vitamin C content “degrades quickly in light” says Melanie. In other words, those fluorescent supermarket lights could be sapping your orange juice of the vitamin it’s best known for.
“If you’re going to drink juice, instead of buying store bought juice, always squeeze it fresh,” Melanie says. There you have it.
3. Olive oil
We all know olive oil is good for us - but what you may not know is that it all depends on how you use it. In order to get the health benefits from olive oil, which include lowering the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke, Melanie explains that it is best used uncooked.