We can improve the taste by cooking food, but high temperatures change the nutritional value of food. It is good to know that some vitamins are lost when food is cooked, while others become more available.
Some nutritionists claim that consuming raw food is the path to better health, but certain cooked foods also have good nutritional benefits. Raw food-based diet
Although there are different ways of eating raw foods, they all include mostly unheated, uncooked, and unprocessed foods. In general, a raw food diet consists of at least 70 percent raw food. In addition to raw fruits and vegetables, the diet often includes fermented foods, sprouted grains, nuts, and seeds
Many experts recommend a vegetarian or vegan diet as raw food because very few people consume raw dairy products, fish, and even raw meat.
Some doctors claim that raw food is more nutritious than cooked food because enzymes and some nutrients are destroyed in the cooking process. Some believe that cooked food is actually toxic.
Although the benefits of eating raw fruits and vegetables are obvious, there are also potential problems if you eat only raw foods.
A strict diet with raw food is very difficult to follow, and the number of people who adhere to this diet, in the long run, is very small.
Some foods contain dangerous bacteria and microorganisms that are eliminated only by cooking. If you eat a completely raw diet that includes fish and meat, there is a risk of developing food-borne diseases.
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Disadvantages of Eating Cooked Food
Cooking destroys enzymes in food. When we eat, digestive enzymes in our body help break down food into absorbable compounds. Food also contains enzymes that help digestion.
Enzymes are sensitive to heat and are easily deactivated when exposed to high temperatures. In fact, almost all enzymes are deactivated at temperatures above 116 F or 47 C, which is one of the primary arguments in favor of eating raw food.
Proponents of the raw food diet claim that cooked food causes stress in the body and can lead to a lack of enzymes. However, there are no scientific studies to support this claim.
Some scientists claim that the main purpose of food enzymes is to promote plant growth – not to help people digest them.
The human body produces enzymes necessary for the digestion of food, the body absorbs and re-secretes some enzymes, so it is unlikely that the digestion of food will lead to a lack of enzymes.
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Disadvantages of Eating Raw Vegetables
Just chewing, grinding food with your teeth, grinds the crow, and that is an important step in the digestion process. Improper chewing of food in the body creates gas and bloating.
It takes much more to chew raw food than when we chew thermally processed food. Cooking kills harmful organisms and bacteria
It is better to eat certain food cooked, because its raw versions may contain bacteria, which kill cooking. We can eat fruits and vegetables raw, but care should be taken whether they are contaminated or not.
Spinach, lettuce, and tomatoes often contaminate bacteria, while raw meat, fish, eggs, and dairy products contain bacteria that can cause serious health problems. Advantages and disadvantages
It is important to note that both cooked and raw fruits and vegetables have health benefits for everyone, including those suffering from chronic diseases.
Foods that are healthier to eat raw are broccoli, cabbage, garlic, and onions.
Foods that are healthier to eat cooked are spinach, potatoes, meat, legumes, fish, and poultry.
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