Raw Food – Is This the Way Forward?

The Raw food diet has become increasingly popular, lets have a look at what its about and whether or not it can work for you. A raw food diet consists of mostly eating raw food that is only heated below 104 – 118 Fahrenheit (40-47 degrees Celcius), therefore keeping all of its healthy nutrients. Cooking denatures enzymes and diminished its nutrient content. Enzymes are the life force and food and help you digest food and absorb nutrients. You have a certain amount of enzymes when you are born, if you eat too much processed food you enzyme count diminishes and the body has to work harder, therefore eating food with enzymes in it keeps your enzyme count up and enables the food to be digested properly. A lack of enzymes can cause digestive problems, nutrient deficiency, weight gain and accelerated aging.20+ Best Free Food Pictures on Unsplash

Certain vitamins are destroyed when cooking food, such as the cancer fighting sulforaphanes found in broccoli; vitamin C and folate are also destroyed with heat why is food safety important. However tomatoes are better when cooked because it breaks down the fibrous portion allowing 3-4 times more lycopene than raw tomatoes. Lycopene is an antioxidant that protects against cancer and health disease. When cooking food in high temperatures it also promotes harmful compounds such as advanced glycation end products (AGEs) and heterocyclic amines (HCAs). AGEs are sugar derived substances that are thought to be the cause of diabetes and HCAs occur when meat is frying, broiling or barbecued and may contribute to cancer A raw food diet can vary, some are vegan consuming no animal products including diary, others eat raw milk and cheese, sashimi, ceviche (raw fish), or carpaccio (raw meat). Some are completely raw food while others may have some cooked food but the percentage of raw is al least 70 percent of the diet. There are different ways of preparing raw food:

Soaking and spouting – raw beans, legumes, nuts and seeds need to be soaked (germination) or spouted to destroy the enzyme inhibitors, which normally occurs during cooking. Soaking should be done anywhere from 2 hours as with cashews or a day as with beans. After soaking the beans can be spouted, they are drained after being soaked and left in a container in room temperature until they have sprouted, they can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Freeze dried food is an essential commodity for campers because it is preserved through a special process that retains the food’s nutrients, flavor, texture, shape and aroma. The food is also easy to prepare and packaged in portable packages. Also, food treated through this process can stay good for up to 25 years when not opened. However, even when it is opened, campers can still use the food for up to one year while it is in good condition using proper storage technics. Additionally, the food comes in different packages that are ideal for different number of campers. Wise Foods are amongst the best known brands and can be obtained at discounted prices from online retail outlets.

Both fresh and cooked meals can be freeze dried. The food is firstly flash frozen in a special vacuum chamber that reaches up to -50F temperatures. Secondly, it is then subjected to a low-level heat that allows the ice crystals to evaporate without going back to their liquid state. This process is referred to as sublimation and it removes about 98% of the food moisture, a condition that enables the food to be stored for long time. Additionally, the process does not change the cells structure of the products. This enables the foods to retain their freshness, vitamins, nutrients, color and aroma.

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