Why You Should Try Eating Raw Food More Often, Here’s the Health Benefits of the Diet! ;
‘Life is designed raw. Out of trillions of organisms that were alive at the beginning of time, are alive now and will be alive at the end of time, only one tampers with its food. You do not want to bet against those kind of odds.’
(excerpt from Sunfood Diet Success System-David Wolfe)
Only humans and domesticated animals eat cooked and processed foods. The cooking and processing of foods has become so commonplace that most of us do not even question it.
Raw fruit, fish, vegetables, nuts and seeds are all brimming with vitamins and minerals which can help boost our immune system, give our gums a great workout, keep us slim and leave our skin looking young and silky.
Luckily, we are more likely to eat raw food in summer because we are attracted to lighter, cooler dishes such as salads, juices, chilled soups and smoothies.
Raw fruit and vegetables deliver far higher levels of nutrients to our body than cooked food.
In fact, nutritionist Jane Griffin believes raw food contains a third more vitamins and minerals than cooked food.
I mean, let’s face it depression is not a prozac deficiency disease.
Cancer is not a chemotherapy deficiency disease.
Ever wondered why the top Western life-threatening diseases are NOT contagious?
You name your ailment, happy, healthy people aren’t happy because they’ve got drugs coming out of their ears! Healthy people aren’t healthy because they’re getting a regular dose of chemotherapy. So what are these happy, healthy people doing?
Yip, you guessed it…
…eating loads of raw foods.
What is the basis of human nourishment?
First let’s look at what it is NOT and clear up some common misconceptions:
Ian Marber, co-founder of London’s Food Doctor Nutrition Clinic, says we should aim to eat at least one course of raw food at every meal.
However, he warns a diet made up of raw food and nothing else is unhealthy because we are not getting all the protein and carbohydrates found in other groups of food such as meat and grains.
But including some raw food in your diet is an ideal way to get your daily quota of five portions of fruit and vegetables. ‘You’re far more likely to eat a greater variety of raw fruit and veg,’ says Griffin.
‘That’s because the traditional cooked meal is meat and two veg – but a typical salad can easily contain five or six different types of vegetables such as lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, onions and peppers.’
Cucumber is rich in potassium and iron, while tomatoes, red and yellow peppers, carrots and other brightly coloured foods are high in the antioxidant betacarotene which reduces cancer-related free radicals.
The health benefits don’t stop there.
The good news is if you want to lose weight this summer, raw food is more likely to shed pounds than cooked food.
That’s because raw fruit and vegetables tend to be more bulky than the cooked variety because they have a higher water content than cooked food which loses much of its moisture when cooked. This extra bulk helps full you up – so you are likely to eat less and not gain weight.
There are plenty of other health benefits too. Chewing raw food is an excellent workout for your gums and jaw because it is slightly harder to chew than cooked food.
A chewing motion stimulates blood supply to these parts of your mouth – helping to keep them healthy and exercised. Cooked, processed food by contrast can contain high levels of sugar which can lead to tooth decay.
Raw food can also benefit our skin. Carrots and tomatoes contain betacarotene which when eaten raw contains higher levels of this vitamin. After the body digests betacarotene, it is converted into vitamin A. This chemical stimulates skin cell growth and builds collagen – a structural protein present in the skin which is essential for skin elasticity.
Could it perhaps be: Raw Plant Foods?
When one eats an orange, the wrapper (peel) becomes compost.
When one follows a raw-plant-food lifestyle, the amount of rubbish produced by that individual decreases to almost nothing.
Raw plant foods are alive and we want to be alive, don’t we?
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