The Secret of Raw Food Health
Does it seem natural that we are the only animals that feel the need to cook the majority of our food? Yes, cooking makes otherwise unpalatable foods taste good, like meat, but cooking is NOT the healthiest thing you can do to your food. And why should it? It's not natural. That red hot pan will kill your food just like it will kill your skin if you accidentally touch it.
In the next twenty four hours 3,000 Americans will have heart attacks¹ while not one single animal on Planet Earth uninfluenced by human culture will be struct by this painful affliction.
So what about our lifestyle is so different than all of these animals? Look no further than what we put into our mouths each day. Animals rarely show symptoms of illness, and death by chronic disease is almost unheard of. The only time animals show symptoms of obesity and chronic disease is when they consume a diet similar to our own.
Because humans have wandered so far away from our natural, raw vegan diet we are easily susceptible to disease and premature death. But why is cooking food, especially meat, bad for us? Simple: raw food is alive and cooked food is dead; you are what you eat.
For example in the The Essene Gospel of Peace, Book One (p. 36), Jesus talks about the benefits of raw food health:
"Kill neither men, nor beasts, nor yet the food which goes into your mouth. For if you eat living food, the same will quicken you, but if you kill your food, the dead food will kill you also. For life comes only from life, and from death comes always death. For everything which kills your foods, kills your bodies also. And everything which kills your bodies kills your souls also. And your bodies become what your foods are, even as your spirits, likewise, become what your thoughts are... For I tell you truly, live only by the fire of life, and prepare not your foods with the fire of death, which kills your foods, your bodies, and your souls also."
You are what you eat, if you want to feel alive eat foods that are alive!
The benefits of raw food health should not be overlooked. When we cook our food we destroy 50-80% of the nutrients. But more importantly, we destroy ALL of the digestive enzymes! When the food we consume has no enzymes to aid in digestion, our body must waste energy to produce its own.
Enzymes aren't only used in digestion, they are involved in every cellular function. Enzymes not only help to breakdown food, but also help detoxify the body, repair RNA/DNA (from cancer cells), and more. Unfortunately, your body is only able to produce a limited number of enzymes. The older animals get, the less enzymes their bodies contain.
The living raw food diet can cure "incurable" diseases
Raw food health is so strong that many people report curing their "incurable" diseases by switching to an 80-100% raw diet.² When the food we eat is devoid of enzymes, our body spends way too much energy on digestion, leaving little to delegate to our immune system to rid us of toxins, our brain for clearer and more intuitive thinking, or our muscles for better athletic performance.
After learning about the benefits of raw food health, I began to eat more and more raw foods. Whenever I eat a meal full of raw food, I feel GREAT! I have no problems with indigestion, I'm out of the bathroom in less than 20 seconds, and cleaning up after eating a raw food meal is a cinch! No more icky sticky messes, it's so easy to clean up you don't even need a sponge! You just rinse off the cutting board and your bowl or plate and you're done!
When fat is cooked, it becomes sticky and takes a very long time for your body to digest. Just look how hard cooked fat is to clean when you let it sit for a few hours. I sure wouldn't want that in my body! Our bodies are not designed to digest cooked, sticky fat.
With raw food, health and taste are inseparable! Next time you cook, notice all of the mouth watering smells that arise. This is the taste and nutrients leaving the food!
When you cook, everything turns into the same soft, mushy texture. When I was a little kid I did not like many vegetables because I conditioned myself to believe that anything that did not have a cooked, soft, chicken-like texture was bad! But if these vegetables had the life cooked out of them (like in soup), I would have no problem eating it.
Raw does not mean it can't be heated!
When food is heated higher than 118° F or 48° for more than a minute, it starts to lose it's enzymes and nutrients. When the food is warm to the touch, it's ready.
My favorite thing about eating raw foods is experiencing all the different textures! Every fruit, vegetable, seed, nut, and legume have unique textures that make raw food much more exciting to eat. In a salad, every bite is different from the last!
Because raw food contains all the nutrients and enzymes, not cooking your food also means you get more bang for your buck! Raw food consists of lots of fruits (yummy!), various salads, raw trail mix, and grains, nuts, and seeds.
Sprouting and soaking grains, nuts, legumes, and seeds into little baby plants raises the nutritional value 300-1200%! Not only is sprouting food the most cost effective way to eat, but the food tastes MUCH better!
The next time you feel like cooking some rice, pasta, or other grain wait until it is fully cooked before adding the vegetables. Vegetables have a much stronger taste when you do not cook them. You don't need to use as much garlic when it's raw because it is so strong, saving you money.
The benefits of raw food health are noticeable without completely switching over to 100% raw, every little bit will help you. Just remember, the only reason we like cooked food is because we are used to it! Except for grains and potatoes, it really doesn't make much sense to kill our food before we eat it.
Return from Raw Food Health to the Healthy Eating
1. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. "Morbidity and Mortality: 2002 Chart Book on Car- diovascular, Lung, and Blood Diseases." Bethesda, MD: National Institutes of Health, 2002.
2. Cousens G. "Conscious Eating" North Atlantic Books, 2000.