Raw vs Cooked Food

Raw Food versus Cooked Food

Foremost, regardless of how one’s food is prepared it should be understood that Genetically Engineered foods are to be avoided. That very important issue aside we can examine the benefits of adding organic non GMO (non genetically modified organisms) raw foods to one’s diet. The raw food diet promotes the consumption of uncooked, unprocessed organic foods. These typically include raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds (including sprouts) unpasteurized/unhomogenized dairy products. There are many new products that are substitute meat protein. These are often made of soy. Be aware that soy and corn are the two largest crops in the US that are GMO. Read labels and choose only organic products. There are many degrees of purism in this diet and many modes of mixing cooked foods and increasing amounts of raw foods. Some believe that the more one’s diet consists of raw foods the greater the health benefits reaped. Try slowly replacing unhealthy processed and/or fried foods with healthier non-GMO organic foods. This diet has the potential to be one of the fun and exciting protocols.

Negative effects of Processed and Cooked Foods

Processed foods contains chemical toxins. Often the manner of creating processed food strips the food of most of its nutritional value.
 
  • Stripping grain of it’s bran and germ in the process of milling and bleaching also strips the vitamins and minerals and  live enzyme content.
  • Processed foods contain disease-causing flavor enhancers, added chemicals, added sugar, colouring agents/dyes and are often prepared with trans fats.
  • The  process of cooking foods above  115 – 120 degrees farenheit (46.1 – 48.8 degrees celsius) destroys the live enzyme content of the food along with destroying vitamins and minerals.
  • Use of microwaves destroys the antioxidants along with essential amino acids and essential fatty acids and enzymes.
  • Cooking foods at high temperatures along with the use of salt in preserving and smoking forms nitrosamines which is linked to colon and stomach cancer.
  • Cooking meat at high temperatures create Heterocyclic amines and Acrylimides which are also linked to cancer.
  • A diet of non-organic processed and/or fried/cooked food contributes to a blood ph that is acidic. This creates an environment for diseases to thrive in.
  • All of these effects combined may increase the onset of diseases such as cancer. Other diseases associated with cooked food  include obesity, diabetes, renal failure, atherosclerosis, arthritis, macular degeneration, cardiovascular disease, neuropathy, nephoropathy and more.

You are what you eat. If a prepared food includes unpronounceable ingredients consider another choice.

 Benefits of Raw Foods

  • Raw food contains active live enzymes along with essential amino acids (building blocks of all cellular activity).
  • Raw foods have higher nutritional values than cooked processed foods.
  • Raw food provides the body with an excellent source of food energy… as compared to unhealthful caloric sugar rushes.
  • Raw nuts contain many essential fatty acids that aid the body in healing and maintaining peak health.
  • Raw food are known to include beneficial gut flora and micro-organisms that populate the digestive tract aiding in digestion.
  • Raw foods like fruit and vegetables contain high levels of antioxidants.
  • Raw food tastes fantastic.

For an excellent introduction of raw nutritious food and a stark examination of our corrupt food culture I suggest John Robbin’s excellent books on food “Diet for a New America” and “Food Revolution” .

Children and Raw Diets

Raising children on raw food or vegan diets can be a healthy upbringing. But one must be careful in planning a raw food diet. Many raw food-ist are hyperaware of the nutrition that their bodies require and supplement the aspects of nutrition that are lacking in their diets. Naive or uninformed vegans may be prone to certain illness that result from deficiencies in their diets. Proper nutrition in the form of live enzymes, amino acids, vitamins and minerals, fiber and flavor will support a healthy lifestyle for the young and the old.
 
Supplements & Superfoods
 
Those that are following a strict dietary ideal may find the following supplement are necessary for optimum health. This applies to vegetarians,
vegans, those trying to eat 75% raw diets, small children and mothers. Of course this also includes us Morgies vying for ideal health as well. Growing children may require a higher calorie intake than is easily provided in a vegan/vegetarian diet.
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin D
  • Dried Barley Grass Juice/Wheatgrass Juice
  • Spirulina
  • Chlorella

Preparing Raw Food

Many raw foods are simple to prepare. Fruits, salads and many other dishes that have been slightly altered from traditional preparations. There are many wonderful books that explore this type of cuisine.

The three basic tenants of a more vigorous Raw-ism include raw food, sprouted seeds and nuts and fermented foods. Juiliano Brotman and Erika Lenkert’s book titled “Raw… The UnCook Book” is outright Raw Gourmet and the recipes included cover such topics as nut cheeses, nut and seed butters and desserts. At this level of preparing and dining raw food becomes a delicacy.

Juicing is another excellent way to increase raw food in one’s diet.

Some Foods That Need to Be Cooked

  • Kidney beans, including sprouts, are toxic when raw..
  • Raw eggs contain avidin, a vitamin B7 or biotin inhibitor.
  • Raw seeds  of peas can cause lathyrism.
  • Raw Brassica species can contain glucosinolate.
  • Raw parsnips contain furanocoumarin.
  • Raw foods, particularly raw meat, may contain harmful bacteria.  Other parasites and viruses may also be present, such as Toxoplasma, Trichinella or rotavirus which may cause serious foodborne illnesses.
  • Raw milk may contain Mycobacterium bovis (which can cause non-pulmonary tuberculosis).
  • Raw sweet potato, cabbage, cauliflower, turnips, rutabaga, canola oil, cassava, pinenuts, mustard, millet, soybeans and peanuts contain small amounts of goitrogens which can interfere with iodine.
More on Raw Food Diets…  

 

 My Perspective

I have been that guy. The Vegetarian turned Vegan turned Raw Food-ist turned Juice Guy. Through it all I’ve tried to retain the best nutritional concepts of each ideal.
The perspective that I have now is not so much a purist ideal of raw food or veganism. Many nutritionist agree that those diets may be lacking in providing complete nutritional support. I share their belief that a diet that is 75% to 80% raw food and vegetarian in nature accompanied by a diet that has no more than 10% animal protein intake (the other 10% can be nuts, grains, beans etc) is ideal for our bodies. More than 10% animal protein appears to increase the risk of disease. I am now a “Flexitarian”. I love my juicer and raw foods. I love superfoods. I eat the occasional piece of wild fish or free-range grass-fed buffalo. I love organic. I love food.

Wolfe

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