Friday, February 9, 2007

Why Raw Foods?

If you're new to raw foods, here are some reasons to consider adopting this lifestyle.


+ Raw fruits and vegetables contain all of their nutrients, valuable vitamins, minerals and enzymes, things mostly destroyed by the cooking process (although some forms of cooking--frying, roasting and baking--are a lot more destructive than others, namely steaming and boiling). By eating raw foods, we're strengthening our immune systems.
+ When oils, animal fats, and nuts and seeds are heated over 118 degrees Fahrenheit, they're chemically changed in ways that are harmful to the body. Enzymes are destroyed, and food becomes harder to digest. And at higher temperatures,
Acrylamides and AGEs (Advanced Glycation End Products) are formed, which cause chronic diseases and aging.
+ When we eat raw foods, properly combined, we have so much more energy than when we eat cooked foods.
+ We look better when we eat raw foods.
+ When we eat raw foods, we lose excess weight without even trying!
+ There are many people who've healed themselves of chronic diseases and other conditions by eating a raw foods diet (in combination, perhaps, with exercising and meditating).
+ You can make delicious recipes from raw foods, so that you won't miss cooked foods. It may be hard to believe at first, but there are many people out there to vouch for this!

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