Raw food is food that is uncooked and unprocessed. It still contains important enzymes which assist in the digestion and absorption of food.
Only this kind of food has functional “live” enzymes, which die when food is cooked over 118 degrees F.
Foods that have been changed from their original state, by processing, additives, heating, preservatives, salt, sugar or colorings, are not raw. Raw foods are any fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, grains, sprouts, and other organic foods that are in their original state, that have not been processed. As a general rule, anything that comes in a package from the grocery store is probably not a raw food.
Our bodies absorb raw foods and can utilize their maximum nutritional value, according to Raw Foodists and Scientists, because they haven’t been destroyed by cooking or chemical additives.
Eating raw foods increases energy, reduces weight, detoxifies the body and boosts the immune system. Less energy is consumed in the body in an attempt to break down and digest cooked foods, freeing up the energy to focus on cleansing, rebuilding, and overall health. Eating raw food can protect against the onset of serious chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease. Many Raw Foodists say they feel more in touch with themselves, grounded and healthier, and focus better, after switching over to a raw food diet.
The raw food diet is also environmentally friendly. There is less waste because no energy is needed for preparing the food and the waste left over after preparation can go straight to a compost pile to be used for organic fertilizer. Cooking time and energy is greatly reduced, leaving time and energy for other things that matter in life.
There really isn’t any food healthier than raw food.