All About Nutrition

Nutrition Questions and Answers

Vital Health Zone is proud to announce Lesa Rusher, who is our resident naturopathic expert and who is available to answer questions about nutrition and health.

Lesa Rusher is a qualified naturopath with a thriving business in Canberra, Australia and has a wealth of experience treating clients on a variety of health issues. Lesa Rusher's full credentials can be found in our experts area.

Lesa Rusher will answer your nutrition-related questions.

Q: I would like the convenience of using a slow cooker, but I am afraid to buy one, as I have heard that there is a loss of minerals and vitamins by using this slow cooking method. Is this true?


A: No, it is not completely true.

You can buy a slow cooker (or crock pot) and cook whatever you like and rest assured that almost all of the nutrients (vitamins, minerals, amino acids) still remain within the pot.

Cooking with a slow cooker means that all the juices, water and steam will be retained inside the pot while it is cooking - it is a self contained unit and nothing can escape while the food is cooking inside.

Some nutrients can be lost through heat, but most of them will still be retained in the juices of the food inside the slow cooker. Just ensure you also eat all the juice/water from the meal inside the slow cooker.

In addition to this, just ensure you also eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables (these are the foods that can lose some of their nutrients when cooked) every day and you should not miss out on any of the vital nutrients in your diet.

Please note that the information provided is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Consult with your medical physician regarding appropriateness of using supplements in your healing process.


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