Many people, especially women, enjoy eating lots of salads that are made from raw uncooked vegetables. I realize that this is a way of eating that makes some people quite happy and these people do not appear to have health issues as a direct result of this. However, for others, eating raw uncooked vegetables can have serious health consequences. In fact, many people find it is impossible to believe that after they have developed health issues, that it is related to their eating these raw vegetable salads. I am not advocating that everyone stop eating salads. This blog is intended to explain from Chinese medicine’s point of view why it is healthier to cook your vegetables than it is to consume them raw. And if you are concerned about losing nutrients from cooking vegetables, you can get just about as many nutrients from cooked vegetables as you can from raw vegetables as long as you do not overcook vegetables.