Raw Foods – eating ‘live’ to stay lively
Raw food consists of (usually plant) food that is uncooked and unprocessed, such food often termed “live” or “living”. The raw food diet is based on the belief that a high-enzyme diet will ensure optimal health. Enzymes help us to digest food; raw food contains enzymes already to assist this process. When we cook food, the naturally occurring enzymes are destroyed by heat (over 118ºF or 48ºC), and our own bodies need to produce the enzymes to digest the food. It is thought that this places too much pressure on our bodies, having to both manufacture the enzymes needed, and digest the food at the same time. Cooking is also thought to diminish the nutritional value and “life force” of food. More information on Raw Food Living
A general rule of thumb is the more colorful a meal is, the better. Fruits and vegetables saturated with color tend to also be saturated with vitamins and nutrients. A Raw Foods diet is easy, nutritional and can drastically improve your day to day energy levels. Eat raw to gain more!