SPINACH: Spinach is very high in oxalates. Oxalates interfere with the absorption of the nutrients from the spinach, as well as, may lead to kidney stones. Boiling spinach for 1 minute helps to remove the oxalates and may increase calcium by 300%, as well as, improve magnesium and iron levels.
CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES like Kale are great to eat raw, however, if you have primary hypothyroidism its best to boil kale for 1 minute, roast it or sautee it. The reason why is kale is very high in substances called goitrogens.
Goitrogens block the absorption of iodine into the thyroid gland and may aggravate primary hypothyroid symptoms. Cooking cruciferous vegetables breaks down these goitrogens and makes it much healthier for a primary hypothyroid person.
MUSHROOMS: Cooking mushrooms helps to break down the fiber in them. as well as, increases the amount of potassium available for the body.
EGGPLANT: eggplant is very high in antioxidants however, some of those antioxidants are a bit hard to absorb. When you grill or cook eggplant you make the antioxidants much more available to the human body and therefore the food is much more beneficial.
FURTHERMORE: Furthermore, certain health problems respond much better to certain foods cooked versus raw. Also, other health problems simply respond to certain foods much better