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    I've gotten a bit fond of eating raw potatoes lately and I was wondering. Why does food (I'm mostly thinking of potatoes and carrots/other vegetables) taste different after you boil it? Both potatoes and carrots taste rather lame (may be my opinion, but they still taste different) after boiling them in water.


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    Boiling changes the chemical composition of many of the components in the vegetable. This includes some of those that impart the vegetables flavour.
    In addition, I suspect that the change in texture that occurs during boiling will also cause the same flavour to be perceived differently.


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    raw meat tastes different than cooked meat... when you boil it some of the nutrients and minerals are boiled out of the vegtable, loosing and changing the flavor in the process. if you were to drink the water you boiled it in, i bet it wouldnt taste like water.
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    i cant stomach cooked carrots but love them raw, thats partly flavour and partly texture

    Never eaten raw potatoes, i thought that wasn't a good idea? or is that just the green parts that are bad raw?
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    The sense of taste is nothing but a chemical reaction. If you submit food to a high temperature, as someone already said, you'll change the chemical structure of it's nutrients. So, the chemical reaction that starts the sense of taste will be slightly different.. but different enough for you to notice it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chubbza5
    raw meat tastes different than cooked meat... when you boil it some of the nutrients and minerals are boiled out of the vegtable, loosing and changing the flavor in the process. if you were to drink the water you boiled it in, i bet it wouldnt taste like water.
    I believe I have read somewhere that cooking meat breaks down the cellular structure and actually releases more of the 'goodness' than eating raw, that is, we benefit more from a Kilo of steak than any carnivore would.

    I er... make the gravy out of the vegetable water and mostly cook all the veg in the same pot (just add them in at the right time). Saves a lot of energy as well as washing up.
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    well, its kinda like cavemen roasting a whole animal over a fire. alot of juices/water come out, leaving you with a whole different taste. cooked patatoes are very dry and starchy.
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