Raw Foods or Cooked Foods -- What's the Difference?

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There are a few studies that explain the benefits of raw foods over cooked foods. If you approach eating as a gateway to health, then what you eat becomes critically important. For people who want to lose weight or gain health, food is a medicine. For people who need alter aspects of their health, food is a medicine. For example, people with high cholesterol need to watch their intake of fats and salts. People who are diabetic need to be very mindful of what they eat. So which is better for you - Cooked or raw foods? Let's explore.

Raw Foods - Pros & Cons

Not all raw foods are good for you. For example, many health publications suggest that eating raw chicken is a health hazard. So right off the bat, we have the idea that the type of food in question is important. When you eat raw foods your body has better access to high-grade vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. When you cook foods enzymes break down, minerals deplete, and vitamins can become weaker. If those aspects of food are important to your goal, then by all means, enjoy raw foods such as vegetables and fruit. This does not mean that every piece of food we consume needs to be raw. You can mix raw vegetables with cooked veggies. Case in point - very few people enjoy raw potatoes.

Cooked Foods - Pros & Cons

There are a few groups of foods that should be cooked. Meats are one of those food groups. Certain vegetables, such as potatoes, taste much better when cooked. The word cooked is a broad term that ranges from warmed slightly to charcoal. It is important to follow safe food guidelines, but you gain the most nutrition from foods when they are cooked the least. Steamed broccoli is a good example, you can warm it so that it becomes tender or you can cook it until it becomes mush. Cauliflower is another food that can be eaten raw or cooked down so that it is mashable. In the case of cauliflower, cooking it mush is acceptable if you are using it to replace bread or refined carbs. So the ultimate goal is also an important consideration. 

The bottom line is that cooked or raw is entirely up to you. We tend to make these decision based on weight loss or health goals. The best advice is to examine your goals and then pair foods with those goals so that you succeed. At the Metabolic Research Center, we teach people how to enjoy healthy foods and how to form healthy goals. If you need to increase your health index, or if you want to lose weight naturally, then stop by and check out our programs. We offer a ton of support in the form of healthy menus, biological testing, and oodles of support from people who have succeeded in losing weight and gaining health.


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