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Cooking food kills the enzymes, so by eating your food raw, your body will absorb more. Many people know the value of vitamins and minerals, but people often overlook enzymes. They are an equally important element in keeping the body healthy. The process of living depletes our enzyme stores, so eating raw foods will help to replenish them. Eating raw food means that we should age more slowly and stay healthy for a more extended period.
It is a well-known fact that when you cook foods, many vitamins are lost. For example, a raw carrot contains around 9.3 grams of Vitamin C per 100 grams of carrot. While a boiled carrot only has approximately 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 in addition to saving you time and money and improving 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 removed when you cook meals. As you will probably know, protein is an essential 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 meals and attack them in the same way they would a foreign substance. When you eat raw foods, this reaction does not happen.
Raw food can cleanse and alkalize the body, which is why many people who want to detox their bodies follow a raw food diet. An acidic body leads to degenerative diseases, so eating rawer foods can bring your body’s pH back into balance.
No Degenerative Disease
An interesting experiment was 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 ten years, the cats fed a raw food diet remained healthy, while those eating a cooked food diet got progressively unhealthier and weaker. Is this why human health is currently in decline? You can read the story in the book, Pottenger’s Cats. It is a pity that he did not have a third group of cats that consumed a 50% raw and 50% cooked diet. A 100% raw diet was better than a 100% cooked food, it does not follow that 100% raw diet is necessarily the best.