How do you feel about a raw food diet?


How do you feel about a raw food diet? Do you believe heating food over a certain temperature kills it?

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  1. totally raw, never!

  2. Sounds boring and unappetizing. Who would enjoy that over a lifetime?

  3. The answer is here, written in the PAST, by a meticulous dentist & researcher who used the quality of their teeth to dictate the quality of their food:

    Very inspiring title “raw” food in these 14 communities with “perfect” teeth…

    A votre sante!

  4. And what happens when you bite a cow? I like mine cooked. Lol

  5. My nutritionist actually told me at one point to stop eating salad because the raw veggies were too hard for my body to digest at the time. I also prefer cooked meat.

  6. I did raw vegan for about half a year in the past. In the winter time I just could not do it as I was craving hot food. I liked many aspects of it though – great ideas for salads and healthy salad dressings, delicious desserts, great smoothies. I still use many of these ideas in my daily life even though 100% raw is not something I would do again.

  7. some foods yes some the opposite, a part of raw is important 4 enzimes but cooked ones are important too mainly in winter

  8. Different preparation brings out different nutrients. Some like folate are killed by heat but tomatoes bring out (lycopene?) when cooked. Raw food is harder to digest than cooked for everyone. That doesn't mean it's a problem for everyone. Personally I don't like extreme eating of any kind. I'm a fan of eating when hungry and listening to my body. Most days I eat 9+ servings of vegetables and fruits and other days when I want very few and I want them cooked. I'm guessing the latter are days my digestion is weaker. I wouldn't want to force in several cups of raw food.

  9. Fruits and greens are healthy and usually not heated. I eat 95% raw. I'll eat steamed veggies and homemade soup if I feel like something warm. Never felt better.

  10. Just like with anything. Some do amazing on it, and some horrible.

  11. Wish these books were more affordable

  12. That is what salad is for!!!!

  13. Yes I do believe that cooking can 'kill' food. But I dont believe that that matters all the time. I believe in balance, in night and day, in up and down.
    I believe there is a place for the poisons in our life.
    I believe in enjoying ourselves and the stuff we like.
    I believe in starting with real food and preping it how we like.
    I think there is place for all things.

  14. Where, oh where are our Great-grandmothers to bring WISDOM & EXPERIENCE, not just Internet-based "opinion" to this discussion?!?…


  15. Slow cooking great fall veggies over a low heat to make soups works. I love doing this and adding herbs per serving, depending on what I need and how I feel. The soups can last for at least a week in the fridge and the flavors get better each day.

  16. .

    Two blanket statements to avoid:

    Raw food is better for you, and more natural.
    Raw food is too difficult to digest and should be avoided.

    Some foods are better – more viable and nutritious – when they are cooked. Some foods are best consumed uncooked.

    There's so much information out there regarding this issue that you'd be much better off doing some googling rather than posing the question to the forum, where the best answer you're going to get is "yes… and no."

  17. I'm a great grandma, so here goes. Farm fresh eggs, get up at 5am milk cow then make butter (K2), butcher your grass fed cow,don't forget to make bone broth. Take your cod liver oil and yes grandma doesn't care if you think it tastes bad. Molasses on homemade bread was your daily vitamin pill. Pick your veggies from the garden don't forget to mix ash in the soil that's where the boron comes from. Go fishing and bring home supper. Lard wasn't a bad thing. In the winter ferment your food. No electronics go the heck OUTSIDE. Nutrition problems solved. Healthy lifestyle vs diet 🙂

  18. Has anyone read ‘The Prime' by Culreet Chaudhary? She advocates warming food while trying to heal your gut. Thoughts?

  19. There is lots you can do with a dehydrator too, to add textures.

  20. And fermenting food aids in digestion (I know you all know that…)

  21. I think if you cook slow cooking stews and soups are most nutritious since the nutrients are mostly water solvable and in these dishes you eat the sauce.

  22. Morley since I do not have your book you listed above and my great grandma is gone the next best thing is 🙂 GOOGLE! LOL ….. So bring in WESTON PRICE TO THIS DISCUSSION ;
    The crux of Dr. Price's research has to do with what he called the “fat-soluble activators,” vitamins found in the fats and organ meats of grass-fed animals and in certain seafoods, such as fish eggs, shellfish, oily fish and fish liver oil. The three fat-soluble activators are vitamin A, vitamin D and a nutrient he referred to as Activator X, now considered to be vitamin K2, the animal form of vitamin K. In traditional diets, levels of these key nutrients were about ten times higher than levels in diets based on the foods of modern commerce, containing sugar, white flour and vegetable oil. Dr. Price referred to these vitamins as activators because they serve as the catalysts for mineral absorption. Without them, minerals cannot be used by the body, no matter how plentiful they may be in the diet.
    WHO DA THUNK? 🙂 Dietary Guidelines
    Eat whole, unprocessed foods.
    Eat beef, lamb, game, organ meats, poultry and eggs from pasture-fed animals.
    Eat wild fish (not farm-raised), fish eggs and shellfish from unpolluted waters.
    Eat full-fat milk products from pasture-fed cows, preferably raw and/or fermented, such as raw milk, whole yogurt, kefir, cultured butter, full-fat raw cheeses and fresh and sour cream.
    Use animal fats, such as lard, tallow, egg yolks, cream and butter liberally.
    Use only traditional vegetable oils—extra virgin olive oil, expeller-expressed sesame oil, small amounts of expeller-expressed flax oil, and the tropical oils—coconut oil, palm oil and palm kernel oil.
    Take cod liver oil regularly to provide at least 10,000 IU vitamin A and 1,000 IU vitamin D per day.
    Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, preferably organic. Use vegetables in salads and soups, or lightly steamed with butter.
    Use organic whole grains, legumes and nuts that have been prepared by soaking, sprouting or sour leavening to neutralize phytic acid, enzyme inhibitors and other anti-nutrients.
    Include enzyme-rich lacto-fermented vegetables, fruits, beverages and condiments in your diet on a regular basis.
    Prepare homemade stocks from the bones of pastured poultry, beef, pork and lamb fed non-GMO feed, and from wild seafood. Use liberally in soups, stews, gravies and sauces.
    Use filtered water for cooking and drinking.
    Use unrefined salt and a variety of herbs and spices for food interest and appetite stimulation.
    Make your own salad dressing using raw vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and a small amount of expeller-expressed flax oil.
    Use traditional sweeteners in moderation, such as raw honey, maple syrup, maple sugar, date sugar, dehydrated cane sugar juice (sold as Rapadura) and green stevia powder.
    Use only unpasteurized wine or beer in strict moderation with meals.
    Cook only in stainless steel, cast iron, glass or good quality enamel.
    Use only natural, food-based supplements.
    Get plenty of sleep, exercise and natural light.
    Think positive thoughts and practice forgiveness.

    Dietary Dangers
    Do not eat commercially processed foods such as cookies, cakes, crackers, TV dinners, soft drinks, packaged sauce mixes, etc. Read labels!
    Avoid all refined sweeteners such as sugar, dextrose, glucose, high fructose corn syrup and fruit juices.
    Avoid white flour, white flour products and white rice.
    Avoid all hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats and oils.
    Avoid all industrial polyunsaturated vegetable oils made from soy, corn, safflower, canola or cottonseed.
    Avoid foods cooked or fried in polyunsaturated oils or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.
    Do not practice veganism. Animal products provide vital nutrients not found in plant foods.
    Avoid products containing protein powders as they usually contain carcinogens or damaged proteins formed during processing. Likewise, avoid lean meat, skinless poultry, reduced-fat milk and egg whites without the yolks. Consumption of protein without the cofactors occurring in animal fats can lead to deficiencies, especially of vitamin A.
    Avoid processed, pasteurized milk; do not consume ultrapasteurized milk products, lowfat milk, skim milk, powdered milk or imitation milk products.
    Avoid factory-farmed eggs, meats and fish.
    Avoid highly processed lunch meats and sausage.
    Avoid rancid and improperly prepared seeds, nuts and grains found in granolas, quick rise breads and extruded breakfast cereals, as they block mineral absorption and cause intestinal distress.
    Avoid canned, sprayed, waxed and irradiated fruits and vegetables. Avoid genetically modified foods (found in most soy, canola and corn products).
    Avoid artificial food additives, especially MSG, hydrolyzed vegetable protein and aspartame, which are neurotoxins. Most soups, sauce and broth mixes and most commercial condiments contain MSG, even if not indicated on the label.
    Avoid caffeine and related substances in coffee, tea and chocolate.
    Avoid aluminum-containing foods such as commercial salt, baking powder and antacids. Do not use aluminum cookware or deodorants containing aluminum.
    Do not drink fluoridated water.
    Avoid synthetic vitamins and foods containing them.
    Avoid distilled liquors.
    Do not use a microwave oven.

    Confused About Fats?
    The following nutrient-rich traditional fats have nourished healthy population groups for thousands of years:

    For Cooking

    Tallow and suet from beef and lamb
    Lard from pigs
    Chicken, goose and duck fat
    Coconut, palm and palm kernel oils
    For Salads

    Extra virgin olive oil (also okay for cooking)
    Expeller-expressed sesame and peanut oils
    Expeller-expressed flax oil (in small amounts)

    For Fat-Soluble Vitamins

    Fish liver oils such as cod liver oil (preferable to fish oils, which do not provide fat-soluble vitamins, can cause an overdose of unsaturated fatty acids and usually come from farmed fish.)
    The following industrial fats can cause cancer, heart disease, immune system dysfunction, sterility, learning disabilities, growth problems and osteoporosis:

    All hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils
    Industrially processed liquid oils such as soy, corn, safflower, cottonseed and canola
    Fats and oils (especially polyunsaturated vegetable oils) heated to very high temperatures in processing and frying.

  23. Some raw veggies are okay, at least for me. Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower needs to be cooked. I get upset stomach if I consume them raw.

  24. Raw vs. cooked will always be personal preference. There are not enough studies to prove one or the other. I think we were made to handle both, raw, uncooked, vegitarian, meat eater, we are all different. As long as it's quality God given food!

  25. Cruciferous veggies should not be eaten raw for a few reasons. Two are that they are supposed to suppresses your thyroid's hormone production, and inhibit your iodine uptake.

  26. Raw food is good too but u have to chew until it is mush in your mouth

  27. I found when we were juicing and almost completely raw my family were at their healthiest! Our skin glowed, no gut issues and had amazing amounts of energy and clear thinking too.

  28. Some foods have been said to be more nutritious when cooked.

  29. It really depends on your individual physiology. I have friends who can thrive on a raw food diet, especially in the summer.Most of them need to add in some cooked foods in the colder months.

    I, however, need lots of cooked veggies to thrive. In the summer I can handle as salad plus a veggie-rich smoothie, or two salads a day, but I still need cooked veggies for one or two meals. In the winter I need more cooked foods and fewer raw ones.

  30. I would think after one was healthy having fixed any imbalance that raw would be ideal. Personal preference. Anyone follow Markus Rothkranz? He is a bit our there but I think there is truth to what he says. Figuring out my way….

  31. There is also the theory that the reason man developed a larger brain than other primates is because we learned to cook our food.

  32. My body needs warm food, I very rarely use microwaves but love my HotLogicMini for work, and use my stove/oven and grill a ton. The idea of raw food appeals to me in summer but I always crave warm things regardless, I also love Chinese medicine and my herbalist says my body needs warm food and stay away from ice and cold things to fix my imbalances in organs based on TCM so I think it's very true and accurate that I stay with warm foods but I don't like microwaves and work around that for health and taste reasons.

  33. heating vegetables helps release nutrients. eating all raw or cold foods can screw up your digestion tract.

  34. Not sure if it was already recommended, but there is a book called Eating on the Wild Side.
    It breaks down many fruits/vegetables and the best way to prepare them to get optimum nutrients.

  35. In raw form, the nutrition content is always highest. If you have digestive issues, cooking can break down foods so you absorb more nutrients than in raw form. But in any case, that problem is easily bypassed if you blend or juice your greens. Raw fruits are the easiest whole food to digest, period. If you cant digest whole fruits, you cant digest a thing. Do not eat raw grains or legumes obviously, and raw meat will be both hard to digest (so is cooked meat anyway) and also unappetizing (not to mention parasite risk).

  36. In very few foods, cooking makes some nutrients more bioavailable, but it s a minority…

  37. If you DONT have hormonal issues, the only concern on a raw vegan diet (if varied and carefully done) would be zinc intake (pumpkin seeds arent that high in it and are very high in inflammatory PUFAs).

    On the other hand, if you DO have hormonal issues, those nutrients on a raw vegan diet will be missing or present an issue:
    -vitamin A in retinol form (conversion from betacarotene to retinol is almost inexistant for most people with hormonal issues)
    -omega 3s (same issue, chia and flaxseeds are rich in ALA, which needs a strong hormonal system to be converted to the needed EPA and DHA)

    As for the rest, coconut products and oil can provide the saturated fats one needs. If you carefully chose your foods and sunbathe, you wont need anything else than fruits and veggies

  38. B12 is a myth. Deficiency occurs in both populations, meat eaters and vegans. Most long term vegans dont have a deficiency. Most likely because it is synthetized by a healthy gut flora.

  39. Alrick Archambault
    There is a curious OVERLAP between the symptoms of Copper Deficiency and B12 Deficiency… I TOTALLY agree with you that it's a MYTH, but for different reasons…

    What we're supposed to believe is that we're ALL:
    o Iron deficient; and
    o Copper Toxic…

    And if you believe that, I've got BOTH a Bridge and a used BMW that I'd love to sell you…

    A votre sante!

  40. Morley Robbins, even though i dont agree with all recommendations made in the RCP, i m a great believer and admirer of your work in relation with iron and copper! I m a believer already!

  41. For me, the key in my copper toxic/deficiency struggle was simply… lack of retinol and adrenal health.

  42. Alrick Archambault
    Fair enough… And what comments/suggestions do you have to improve the RCP… I've always keen to get meaningful critique and commentary…

    Many thanks!

  43. some foods are denatured yes

  44. Liver has B12 copper & retinol synthetic B vitamins are made from coal tar

  45. People want easy answers.
    Take spinach – cooking it makes some nutrients more easily absorbed. It also destroys others. Same with black beans.
    Tomatoes are good raw but cooking them increases lycopene.
    Nuts should be soaked and then lightly baked.
    Kale is so nutrient rich that many people doubt you can absorb most of it raw. I find that it's best cooked with some fat in a soup.
    There is t an easy answer.
    Being healthy takes learning and effort.
    No one can do this for you.

  46. God gave us fire for a reason

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