We should eat more raw food for a variety of reasons. Read on to see why eating raw is beneficial.
One very important reason why we should eat raw food is because it helps with digestion. Mankind often uses an external digestive system: kitchens, factories and appliances. These almost always make food a lot easier to digest. This might sound like a good thing, but it is not. If you eat so much processed food that your body does not need to do much work in the digestion process, your digestive system almost forgets how to digest natural food. I knew of someone who drank nothing but protein shakes for a very long time to lose weight quickly. They did indeed lose a lot of weight, but struggled to eat real food after the diet. Your body makes digestive enzymes that break down foods. Each person has different digestive enzymes, because these colonies in our gut change and adapt to our diets. If we eat foods that does not require these digestive enzymes, they start to die off and we gradually lose our ability to properly digest naturally occurring food. Some scientists controversially state that if there was suddenly nothing but raw food to eat, the human race would die out. Don't let those good enzymes in your gut die. Maintain proper digestive health by eating a good variety of foods, including raw fruit and vegetables.
2. Micro nutrients
Cooking and processing food destroys the micro nutrients that the food contains. Micro nutrients are the things that our bodies needs in smaller quantities than protein, fats and carbohydrates. These are further split into micro nutrient groups like vitamins, minerals, trace elements, phyto-chemicals, and antioxidants. Vitamin C and Vitamin B 1, 5, 6 and 9, for example, are destroyed when subjected to heat from baking, boiling or processing. Also, some nutrients are damaged when subjected to oxygen. This would not be a problem if we ate our food as nature gave it to us. Some essential oils are also destroyed by heat, whilst normal oils, like plant oils, become dangerous to humans over a long period of time. Studies have found a direct correlation between heated oil consumption rates and diabetes, cancers, and obesity. These foods were not made to be processed.
Fiber is also an extremely important aspect of our diets. Fiber is basically the stuff that you can't digest, so your body passes it through your system. This action is what makes fiber so valuable, because the body uses it to attach other waste products to. If you aren't eating enough fiber, then your body ends up storing the waste products that it would usually throw away with the fiber in your tissues.
4. Supplements don't cut it
Studies have shown that vitamin C helps to increase the immune system's ability to fight decease. Studies have also found that vitamin C isolated on its own in the form of a supplement carries a much lower positive effect in the body. In some cases, studies could not find any correlation between supplemented vitamin C and immune support. We are starting to learn that we need certain micro nutrients together with others to help with our health. The problem is that there is still so much to be discovered. The good news is that nature gets it right! The best form of vitamin C is still fresh fruit and vegetables, by far.
As a general rule for health, the closer you get to nature; the healthier you will be. You don't have to totally exclude processed foods from your diet (although some processed foods should be excluded), but making sure that you get enough raw food items will help keep you healthy. STAY STRONG!