There is been a trend that people start eating vegetables in raw, and some people claim that it is healthier than having your foods cooked. Is it true?
Myths behind clean eating
“Heating food destroys its nutrients and natural enzymes, and it is bad”
Ans: It is only true on some food, some foods may have higher nutrients when eaten raw, but there are also some contain nutrients that are easier to be absorbed after cooking such as tomatoes, carrots and asparagus.
“Cooking foods makes them toxic and eating them raw prevent illness”
Ans: Cooking makes some foods become more digestible; there is no scientific backed evidence on raw foods prevent illness.
Benefit of having raw vegetables
- More water soluble vitamins. Water soluble vitamins like vitamin B and C are very break down or go into cooking water when cooked. Thus, there are more water soluble vitamins in raw vegetable.
- More antioxidants. They are just as the water soluble vitamins, they can be broken down, leach into cooking water and even be destroyed by cooking oil.
- Add more variety to your meal. You can have your vegetables in more different textures when you choose to either eat them raw or cooked.
- You might be more susceptible to foodborne illness. Some vegetables like sprouts, juices and lettuce need cooking or be pasteurized. So it is not recommended for pregnant women, children and people with weaker immune system to take it raw.
- The nutrients absorbed by your body might not be at maximal amount. As mentioned earlier, some vegetables contain nutrients that are easier to be absorbed after cooking.
Eating vegetables raw are beneficial for SOME of them, but there is need to be aware of which need to be cooked or pasteurized to prevent bad things happening on you. But if you are gearing up for raw foods diet, you may need to take vitamin supplements as you are not taking animal products which are a good source of essential nutrients.
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- Hannah, S. (2018, September 7). Raw vs Cooked: The Healthiest Ways to Eat Your Veggies. Retrieved 23 October 2019, from https://foodrevolution.org/blog/raw-vs-cooked-vegetables/
- Sylvie, T. (2012, August 31). What Are the Benefits of Eating Raw Vegetables? Retrieved 23 October 2019, from https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-eating-raw-vegetables-4857.html