So what is all this talk about raw food and raw food diets these days? Is it just the next flash in the pan fad or does it really have staying power? Is it all what it is cracked up to be and is it really worth changing your lifestyle? Let’s face it, we are creatures of habit and changing the way we eat and what we eat can be difficult considering most of us have been doing it a certain way all our lives.
It only stands to reason that eating foods in their natural state must be better but why?
Nutrients / Vitamins/ Phyto-nutrients are lost when we heat up our food.
This poses another problem. Along with all the nutrients, cooking also destroys the enzymes in our food. When you eat raw, all of the enzymes remain in tact. These enzymes allow your body to break down and utilize all the nutrients in the food. Cooked food on the other hand is stripped of these active enzymes which forces our bodies to use our own enzyme store to break down the food. The result being that instead of our own enzymes focusing on healing and fighting infection, they are forced to turn to food breakdown.
According to Dr. Paul Kouchaff MD, eating cooked food causes an increased immune response in the body resulting in the production of more white blood cells. Essentially this means that our bodies actually treat cooked food as it would an infection or foreign invader!!! I also read that cooked food can be attributed to tumor growth and the development of cancer. This would explain why cancer and other diseases are steadily on the rise. With our busy lifestyles we simply are not getting enough fresh fruits and vegetables. Instead the average diet consists of processed foods that contain additives and harmful chemicals. Unless we eat organic produce, even our fruits and vegetables pose a problem.
I think it is important to note that although going totally raw might be for some people, simply introducing more raw food into our diets can boast amazing health benefits as well. It is also important to choose oganic produce when at all possible. I have read that by eating raw foods first, our bodies are then better equipped to deal with the cooked food that comes after.
Reasons to Eat More Raw Foods:
- Better digestion and absorption of nutrients
- Increase energy
- Improved Sleep
- Improved Mental Clarity
- Weight Loss
- Eliminated Constipation – regular bowel movements
- Improved Immunity – less colds and flus
- Increase in vitamins/minerals/phytonutrients directly from your food
For me I am convinced that I certainly do need to eat more raw foods. Going totally raw however is another question. I can’t see how I could pull that off with my lifestyle and I am also not sure that I can live without chicken and fish…(and I am not into sushi or eating raw chicken)…..nor am I sure I want to.
I hope I have given you some food for thought and perhaps the next time you go to grab a midday snack you’ll catch yourself surprizingly reaching for an apple.
I’ll be making the transition one carrot at a time….