Our prehistoric ancestors ate most of their food raw – vegetables, fruits, nuts and berries made up a great portion of the hunter/gatherer diet. But since we learned to use fire to cook our food, our diet has changed – people these days rarely eat anything raw, except maybe a salad alongside their steak. However, recently there has been more of a focus on healthy eating, and this has convinced many people that eating more raw foods is the way to go.
1. Foods are higher in nutritional value when they are eaten raw. When we cook foods, not only does it destroy vitamins, proteins and fat that we need, it actually breaks down the naturally occurring enzymes that would help us to digest the food.
2. You can maintain a healthy weight much easier with raw foods. We get full faster on a raw diet because the foods contain more water and fiber, so we eat less. Additionally, filling fruits and vegetables are lower in calories – so you can each as much as it takes to feel full without overdoing it.
3. Flavor! Foods have much more flavor in their raw state, so you can use less salt and spices.
4. It’s simple to do – If you’re tired of spending most of your evening after work in the kitchen preparing meals and cleaning up, you’ll love how simple it is to prepare and clean up after a raw meal.
5. It’s good for the environment – it encourages the use of organic and local produce, and leftovers can go on the compost pile.
6. It’s better for your general health – raw foods don’t contain the free radicals caused by cooking, so there is less risk of cancer. More fiber in your food leads to less digestive problems, and less incidence of colon cancers. And it is so rich in nutrition, it helps your body stay fit and working well, giving you more natural immunity against illnesses like colds and flu.
7. You can save money! Foods from the produce department are a lot cheaper than steaks and pork chops. You also won’t need to buy as many pots and pans – and you might even save on your medical bills.