You only eat raw tomatoes
Salads and sandwiches shouldn’t be the only time you get your tomato fix. Cooking tomatoes actually makes them healthier. “Cooked tomatoes allow about four times more lycopene to be absorbed into your blood compared to raw,” says Crosby. Cooking it helps the powerful antioxidant lycopene separate from the proteins that bind it, allowing more to be released into the body, he says. Tomatoes are a potent cancer-fighting food.
You throw out all the hot pepper seeds
Even if you can’t take the heat, don’t throw every last hot pepper seed into the trash. “Seeds are not a bad thing! The flesh of hot peppers like jalapenos aren’t all that spicy; you have all that peppery flavour but not a lot of heat,” says Curry. Keep the seeds and add them in a few at a time until you reach your desired spiciness.
Try these chorizo tapas with roasted red pepper sauce for your next dinner party!
You don’t let onions and garlic rest
Your chopped onions and garlic shouldn’t go straight from the cutting board to the pan, no matter how much your eyes are tearing. Cancer-fighting compounds and flavonoids are activated when the cell walls are broken down by cutting or chopping; but as soon as they hit the heat, those powerful reactions stop, says Crosby. Letting the veggies sit for a few minutes will allow more of those healthy compounds to form, he says.