I love food. I love it raw when the occasions calls for it, like celery and carrot sticks dunked in blue cheese dressing,or crudites dipped in hummus. I even love a nice fresh tomato or cucumber with just a little salt on it, and I’m big on salads. But most food is meant to be cooked, and meat and bread are part of a healthy diet. (OK, back down, vegetarians, your diet makes sense and I’m not saying that not eating meat is unhealthy, just that eating meat in proper proportion is healthy too). Some raw foods in a diet are great too, I only object to those who propose that 90-100% of food ingested should be raw.
Here’s what some raw foodists claim.
1. Cooked food is toxic. http://www.dailypaul.com/node/94829
If this is true, then we would all be dead. Many many years ago. Ergo, not true. Cooked food, like Baby Clams With Linguini Marinara (sorry, couldn’t resist) is healthy, nutritious and non-toxic. So are fresh veggies. Eat them both!
2. Cooking kills needed enzymes in the food. Without these enzymes, the body cannot properly digest the food. http://middlepath.com.au/qol/enzymes.php
Wrong again. Scientists say, “Protein and minerals are not destroyed by heat. Some vitamins are lost in cooking, but you still get plenty if you have a reasonably varied diet. The enzymes in food that are destroyed by heat are of no use to you anyway; you make your own enzymes for digestion of your food.” http://health.learninginfo.org/cooking.htm.
See, the whole detox diet is a marketing myth. Your liver detoxes for you. I believe we all buy too much of what’s put out there for us. Everything in moderation is the answer to everything. Moderate eating, moderate drinking, moderate exercise. A little of everything will keep you healthy and happy. Be happy!
3a. White blood cells flood the stomach after eating cooked food, because they’re trying to fight the poison that just entered the body. http://www.mypetcarnivore.com/cooked_food.html
3b. Actually, most raw food sites say only that white blood cells increase in the blood after eating cooked food.
3a. “Under normal circumstances, a healthy body will not experience white blood cells entering the stomach – the stomach is simply not open to the vascular system.”
3b. This was proven in one experiment by a scientist named Kouchakoff. The experiment was never replicated, because the scientific community didn’t think it important. ” In other words, the reaction of the scientific community to Kouchakoff’s research might have been, in figurative terms, a collective ‘so what?’.The naive interpretation of raw-foodists is that cooked food contains foreign substances that the body must fight; and in addition, since the body’s immune system is busy with cooked molecules, it can’t be fully efficient against germs. Efficiency of the immune system depends on a number of factors; it’s much more than a simple white blood cell count.”http://www.beyondveg.com/tu-j-l/raw-cooked/raw-cooked-1i.shtml
4. Animals in the wild don’t get sick because they eat a natural, raw diet. http://www.thinkandgoraw.com/GuideToEatingAnOptimalRawDiet.htm
In fact, disease is the major cause of mortality in wild animals. http://www.enotalone.com/article/8570.html
5. “Your body is actually sort of an alkaline battery, running on electrons. All life-giving chemical reactions only happen when electrons or energy flows between atoms. Cooking or processing causes food to lose electrons – the source of the energy your body needs.” (http://www.rawfoodlife.com/)
My response, other than WHAT?!?! which isn’t very eloquent, is this: Oh, nonsense. OK, that’s not any better, but really!
Melody- MagicKitchen.com blogger