Pros

  • Raw food retains natural enzymes and undamaged phytonutrients that can be better absorbed by the body, but, are broken down in the cooking process.
  • Many people are deficient in enzymes, including phytase, lipase, amylase, alpha-galactosidase and invertase that could be replaced by eating raw foods.
  • Raw foods have a cooling effect on the body and people who are dealing with inflammatory conditions may do better eating mostly raw food.

Cons

  • Not all phytonutrients are destroyed by cooking and some vegetables are actually absorbed better after cooking, such as the lycopene in tomatoes and other in spinach, kale, onions and garlic.
  • Raw food diets pose a risk for protein deficiency.
  • Experts always recommend a balanced diet that includes foods from all the food groups and any diet should include lightly cooked vegetables, lean meats and eggs.

 

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