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Sunday, 20 February 2011

The Benefits of Eating Raw Food (not meat)

With the discovery of fire, men have learned that cooking meat, chicken, fish, fruits and vegetables tastes so much better than to eating these raw. As years pass by, though, people have become more health-conscious and they have come to realize that eating cooked food is not healthy at all.

When one speaks of raw food, this refers to food that is uncooked or untouched by flame or fire. Raw food refers to food in its organic state, straight from nature and not combined or mixed with any additives or preservatives. The big difference in eating cooked food versus raw food lies in its overall health benefits to the body. When fire or flame is applied to food, the enzymes as well as the nutrients present in it are destroyed especially when the temperature reaches above 108 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooking likewise destroys essential vitamins and minerals originally present in the food, which the body needs for it to function properly. Given this low quality of food intake, some people develop the tendency to overeat in order to compensate for the lack of proper nutrients. Keeping a diet consisting of cooked food and more adversely processed food, gives rise to a number of diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heartburn, migraines, arthritis, joint pains and serious allergies, among others.

There are a number of benefits of eating raw food especially fresh fruits and vegetables that are ripened by nature and organic in its source. By sticking to a diet that consists mainly of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds will be enough to keep the different systems present in our body working smoothly. Compare an individual that observes a raw food diet than one who is not, and it is more likely than the former is healthier than the latter. This is due to the fact that eating raw food provides you with more energy and vitality than what cooked or processed foods can offer. Furthermore, the body takes much more time to digesting non-raw food given the lower enzyme-content hence, people on a raw food diet is certainly more active and spirited than those who are not.

Whatever the season may be, there are bound to be present certain fruits or vegetables in the market that will meet your body’s nutritional requirements. During the summer season, you can indulge to eating watermelons, pomelos, cucumber, mint, grapes and soursops, to name a few, that will give your body a refreshing and cooling feeling. During the rainy or winter season, dates, bananas, apples, and other dry fruits should provide your body with the warmth required by it. Keep your body fit by drinking pure fruit juices and snacking on carrots.