Raw VS. Cooked

     Have you ever thought that eating raw food would be better than cooked food?  Have you ever watched any youtube videos with Fully Raw Kristina and wondered what it would be like to just eat raw foods?

     When I very first started this investigation, I looked into it.  I tried a couple of Fully Raw Kristina's recipes, and actually quite liked them.  No it's not just salads, it can be anything from burritos, (using a collard green leaf) to nice cream which I still enjoy.  I do have to say though that I enjoy cooked food so much more, and it's more satisfying to me.  I also live in Boise Idaho and in the winter time, I need hot food!

     What are others saying about raw vs. cooked though.  Which is the better option?  This is what google has to say.  Raw Food vsCooked Food: 6 Foods You Should Always Eat Raw For Nutritional Value. Cooking helps soften our food so our digestive system can process it more smoothly. However, steaming, microwaving, boiling, and stir-frying have an effect on the nutrients and health-promoting compounds of certainfoods.Jun 9, 2015  

     What about our ancestors.  Didn't they eat raw?  Yes about a million years ago!  Also animals eat raw foods, but animals out in the wild at least the herbivores eat all day long.  They chew about 6 hours a day, where we only chew 1 hour a day.  Their stomachs are also larger than ours.  How do you feel after a huge salad?  I'm stuffed!  I love a huge salad, but they don't stay with me very long.  I find that I have to eat more as the day wears on, especially while I'm at work.  My job is very physical, but it may be different for those sitting at a desk all day.

     So nutrients are lost when we cook veggies.  My personal challenge is being well rounded.  Eat some raw foods and then some cooked.  At work, I eat a lot of rice and beans, sweet or regular potatoes, and then on the way home I usually eat raw veggies.  Eating the raw veggies while I drive passes the time, and I'm not as starving when I finally get home after being on the road for 30 minutes.  I don't get home until 8 at night and I don't want to eat anything heavy before bed.

     I use http://nutritionfacts.org/ all the time.  I love the research that Dr. Greger has done, and here is what he has to say on the subject.  http://nutritionfacts.org/video/raw-veggies-versus-cooked-for-heart-disease/

     I guess what it boils down to is personal choice.  Maybe in the summer when it's blazin hot here I will prefer more raw foods.  I also believe that we need to be well rounded and eat a lot of different types of foods, raw and cooked.    

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