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Cooked Food Vs Raw Food: Are You Eating Right?

Updated at: Oct 28, 2019
Healthy Diet
Written by: Arushi BidhuriPublished at: Oct 28, 2019
Cooked Food Vs Raw Food: Are You Eating Right?

To eat cooked or not to eat is the question. Lets put an end to this dilemma with this article.

A healthy diet is a diet that improves overall health and provides the body with essential nutrients. But what is a proper diet? Should it include both raw and cooked food? Whether you should eat cooked food or raw food is a huge dilemma. Some people say eating raw foods are beneficial and some swear by the health benefits of cooked food. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that people who followed a raw food diet had high levels of beta-carotene and Vitamin A. However, they also had a low level of lycopene. This is evidence enough to say that some raw foods are good for your health and some foods give more health benefits when cooked. 

Benefits of Eating Cooked Food 

  • Cooking food helps break down fibre making it easier for the body to absorb nutrients. It can be extremely beneficial for those who suffer from digestive problems. 
  • Cooking kills germs and pathogens present in raw food. 
  • Boiling and steaming can boost the availability of certain nutrients, such as anti-oxidants, lycopene and beta-carotene. 

Cons of Eating Cooked Food 

Cooking can denature enzymes, vitamins and minerals from some foods. 

Benefits of Eating Raw Food 

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  • Raw food contains digestive enzymes which can help break down food easily and absorb nutrients. 
  • Raw food contains heavy satiating fibre, making you feel full sooner and eat less. It is beneficial to those who are trying to lose some weight.
  • Chewing of raw food takes longer than cooked food, which is great for our digestive system. If you chew faster then you will eat faster.

Cons of Eating Raw Food 

Some studies claim that eating raw food can reduce the levels of antioxidants and lycopene. Low levels of lycopene are the system have been associated with a higher risk of developing cancer and cardiovascular diseases. 

Which is Better: Raw Food or cooked Food? 

  • There is a lot of debate regarding the best way to eat your food. But both, raw and cooked foods, have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. 
  • Some foods are better when eaten raw and some are healthier when eaten cooked. A report claimed that eating boiled food will preserve antioxidants, whereas, another study claims that eating raw food provides you with high levels of beta-carotene and vitamins. 
  • The key is to include both raw and cooked food in your diet. Each type has its benefits which can help you stay healthy. 
  • Ensure that whatever foods you choose, they must be natural and unprocessed. This is the best way to reap all the benefits of raw as well as cooked foods. This will provide you with enough nutrients and keep toxins at bay. 
  • So, don’t go overboard with either and eat in moderation. Too many raw foods or cooked foods are not good for your health. Incorporate a balanced amount of both in your diet to meet your daily dietary requirements. 
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