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My mom has always cut up vegetables and then throws them in a tupperware full of water. Does this have any negative effect on the veggies? Like, kill off enzymes or lose nutrients. Usually she does it with celery, radishes, carrots and a few others.
 

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I'm not sure it does anything bad to them, I doubt it does, but I don't submerge mine in water, that's rather odd.
 

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Ya, growing up and always seeing it, I thought it was normal. I never did it personally after moving out. I think it keeps air out to keep it fresher. Actually, I do remember asking my mom why she does it, she said it keeps them fresher, but she doesn't know why. I then came up with the theory that it keeps air away from them.
 

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i think there is an issue with plastic when it gets heated, especially water bottles. they say the heat lets out toxins from the plastic, which makes sense. but i dont see how it could do harm to veggies unless it got heated.
 

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It keeps them fresh since contact with oxygen causes decay. For example, if you cut up a potato and don't want it to turn brown before you use it, put the pieces in cold water until you are ready to cook it.
 

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I don't think it keeps them any fresher. In fact, some vegetables benefit from allowing air to circulate (thus preventing condensation that would form in a sealed plastic bag). And oxidation that occurs with potatoes is quite a bit different.
 
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