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12 Foods You're Eating Wrong

If you're not preparing them in certain ways, you may be missing out on key nutrients. Luckily, these are very easy problems to fix.

This article originally appeared on Redbookmag.com.

By Annie Daly

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Tomatoes

Wrong: Though tomatoes are delicious with a sprinkle of salt and some balsamic, eating them raw is actually not your best bet.

Right: Cook them. Adding heat and oil to tomatoes makes it easier for your body to absorb lycopene, according to research from Harvard University. And a 2011 study published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine found that lycopene helps reduce the risk of stroke, certain cancers, and heart disease. 

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