Cooking food kills the enzymes, so by eating your food raw your body will be getting a large amount of them. Many people know the value of vitamins and minerals, but enzymes are often overlooked. But they are a very important element in keeping the body healthy. The process of living depletes our enzymes stores, so eat raw foods will help to replenish them. This means that we should age more slowly, and stay healthier for longer.
It is a well know fact that when foods are cooked, a large amount of vitamins are lost. This can best be seen by the way of an example. A raw carrot contains around 9.3 grams of Vitamin C per 100 grams of carrot. A boiled carrot only contains around 2.3 grams of Vitamin C per 100 grams. So as you can see, just by eating your carrots raw, you can quadruple your intake of Vitamin C. So for less money (no cooking costs) you are getting four times the amount of nutrients. So, you save time and money, and also get to improve your health. What more could you ask for?
Cooking food also destroys protein. The Max Plank Institute in Germany noted that 50% of proteins are destroyed when foods are cooked. As you will probably know, protein is a very important nutrient that is critical for good health.
Healthier Blood Cells
Eating cooked foods produces a negative white blood cell response. The white blood cells do not recognize cooked foods and attack it in the same way as it would a foreign substance. When raw foods are eaten, this reaction doesn’t happen.
Raw food has the ability to cleanse and alkalize the body, which is one reason that many people who want to detox follow a raw food diet. An acidic body leads to degenerative diseases, so eating more raw foods can bring the pH of your body back into balance.
No Degenerative Disease
There was an interesting experiment done in the 1940s by Dr Frances Pottenger, where he fed cooked food to half his cats and raw food to the other half. Over a ten year period the cats fed a raw food diet remained healthy, while those eating a cooked food diet got progressively unhealthier and weaker with each generation. Is this why human health is currently in decline? The story is told in the book Pottenger’s Cats. It is a pity that he didn't have a third group of cats that were fed a 50% raw and 50% cooked diet. Just because a 100% raw diet was better than a 100% cooked diet, it doesn't follow that 100% raw diet is the best diet.
Cooking obviously causes pollution, due to the fact that large amounts of fuels need to be used in the process. As raw foods don’t require cooking, you will be helping the environment as well as yourself.
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