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There are many debates as to whether or not Raw Food is Better than Cooked and Vice Versa. First of all, what is a raw food diet? A raw food diet primarily consists of raw unprocessed foods. There are varying degrees but a raw food diet consists of about 70 % raw foods. Most Raw Foodies consume a Vegan Diet.
Cooking foods may kill certain enzymes that assist in digestion. Most persons who favor a raw food diet would argue that killing the enzymes causes your body to work harder and thus puts stress on your body. Some Scientist argue that the enzymes are to nurture and grow the plant and not to assist (humans) in digesting them.
Some water soluble vitamins are lost in the cooking process. Although that be the case when it comes to vitamins, cooking certain vegetables can actually increase the availability of some antioxidants. Antioxidants are key in fighting free radicals that lead to cancer. Cooking also kills some harmful bacteria and Microorgnisms.
It may depend on the cooking method…
As mentioned some water soluble vitamins are lost when cooking. For this reason (some sources) stat that steaming and stir-frying are the best when it comes to retaining nutrients.
It may depend on the food…
Some Food’s noted to be healthier when consumed raw include: Broccoli, Cabbage, onions and garlic. While foods noted to be healthier when consumed cooked include: Asparagus, Mushrooms, Spinach , Tomatoes, Carrots, Potatoes, Legumes and clearly meat, fish and poultry.
So basically raw or cooked are equally as healthy and depending on what nutrients you are seeking to get from the food. The type of food may determine whether you consume the food cooked or raw. It is not necessary to follow a strict diet of either (unless otherwise directed by your Physician). A combination of both should be suffice and or Not. To each it’s own, but remember as with everything, balance is key!