Why you must have raw food

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Variety - Anjali Mukherjee, nu­tri­tion­ist

When you eat raw food, you not only feel en­er­gised, but also look bet­ter. Raw food items in­clude fresh fruits, veg­eta­bles, nuts, dried fruits, seeds, grains and sprouted legumes, sea­weed or spir­ulina, chlorella and freshly ex­tracted fruit and veg­etable juices.

Raw fruit and veg­etable juices con­tain bi­o­log­i­cally ac­tive com­po­nents called en­zymes, which play an im­por­tant role in all meta­bolic ac­tiv­i­ties. En­zymes are es­sen­tial for di­gest­ing food, re­leas­ing energy from the food you eat, stim­u­lat­ing brain func­tion, and re­pair­ing tis­sues, or­gans and cells. Even if you are con­sum­ing suf­fi­cient vi­ta­mins and min­er­als, you may not be com­pletely healthy, if your body does not have a good sup­ply of en­zymes. With­out en­zymes, the body can­not con­vert pro­tein, fats, car­bo­hy­drates and vi­ta­mins, among oth­ers, present in food, into the bones, hair, skin mus­cles, glands, hor­mones, etc. Wounds take longer to heal in the ab­sence of en­zymes. Hav­ing peeled fruits and veg­eta­bles, and cook­ing food en­hances the taste, and also makes them eas­ier to chew. But, in do­ing so, we usu­ally strip the foods of their vi­ta­mins, min­er­als and fi­bre. Since the fi­bre con­tent is in­tact, raw foods pro­vide sati­ety faster and main­tain blood sugar lev­els.

In­cor­po­rat­ing raw food

Eat at least one bowl of sprouts ev­ery day. You could par­tially cook or steam them with asafoetida, if you suf­fer from gas or bloat­ing.

In­clude a glass of veg­etable or fruit juice in your diet. En­sure that you drink the veg­etable or fruit juice within 20 min­utes of ex­trac­tion.

Foods like pa­paya, pineap­ple, man­goes and bananas should be con­sumed fre­quently. Add crushed spices such as cin­na­mon, nut­meg, car­damom and cloves, or herbs like basil, pars­ley, thyme and oregano to your diet.

Switch to honey as a sweet­ener, in­stead ofus­ing re­fined sugar.

Raw food pro­vides sati­ety faster, and main­tains blood sugar lev­els

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