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Paleo Peeps: Raw vs. Cooked question

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created March 03, 2013 at 3:32 PM

I am interested in knowing how much raw food people eat in relation to the rest of their diet. I know this is hard to measure, so do it by total volume of raw vs cooked food (as in 1:1 ratio raw:cooked for example).

Also, do you notice anything beneficial about increasing the proportion of raw or cooked food in your diet?

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on March 04, 2013
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"This is why I think a 100% raw approach doesn't make sense. Noone would eat raw potatoes" A raw foodist would eliminate these foods rather than advocate eating them raw.

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on March 04, 2013
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Not sure about spinach. It works with carrots though. Boiled carrots make me sleepy. Raw ones keep me alert.

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on March 04, 2013
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Does the same food, raw vs. cooked, elicit different responses? Like after you eat cooked spinach you'd feel sleepy, but not after raw spinach? That is really intriguing...

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on March 03, 2013
at 08:27 PM

Exactly, timing is very significant. But don't quit there. Get ph tested after your meal to see which evokes greater chemical/mineral imbalances.

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on March 03, 2013
at 06:49 PM

Eat meat, see what comes out. Eat plants, see what comes out. Then tell me what's not digesting well.

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on March 03, 2013
at 04:40 PM

That definitely depends. I think the problem with cooking lies mainly in frying. This practice damages the fat and makes it hard to digest. Case in point, when I eat sushi it digests great but as soon as I panfry the salmon in butter or something it becomes really heavy in my stomach and I get tired. In this case both the omega-3 fat gets really damaged and also the other fats.

Starch is another thing altogether. In this case cooking the starch gelatinizes it and makes it easier to digest. Noone would eat raw potatoes or dry rice.

Red meat I always cook since it's warmblooded meat I think the protein coagulates and makes it easier to digest, but actually I never ate raw red meat so I wouldn't know. I think you would want to cook red meat and shellfish for foid safety reasons, but if the shellfish was clean I think it would be better to eat it raw.

So basically in my book fats should be heated as little as possible while starch should be cooked to gelatinize it.

Milk is another food that should probably be drunk as raw as possible. Low-pasteurized goat milk I can digest fine but Ultra High Pasteurized Goat Milk definitely causes upset so I never drink it.

Most ripe fruits I think are best eaten raw or in fresh fruit juice to preserve nutrients. However cooking some vegetables might inactivate some toxins, break down cellulose and make it easier to digest.

This is why I think a 100% raw approach doesn't make sense. Noone would eat raw potatoes

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on March 04, 2013
at 09:29 AM

"This is why I think a 100% raw approach doesn't make sense. Noone would eat raw potatoes" A raw foodist would eliminate these foods rather than advocate eating them raw.

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on March 03, 2013
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It's hard to measure, and it's probably changed since I started eating less fruit, but I aim to have 50% of my intake coming from raw vegetables and fruit. I believe that raw food has unique benefits compared to cooked food, and vice versa. Raw food has valuable enzymes and nutrients which the cooking process can destroy. But on the other hand, some nutrients are only available when the food is cooked. Cooking can also remove harmful anti-nutrients and make the food easier to digest.

Foods I eat raw: fruit (mostly berries and figs), "salad vegetables" like spinach, leaves, peppers, celery, cucumber, mushrooms, zucchini, tomato, sugar snaps... the list goes on! The occasional avocado.

Cooked: starchy veggies like brussells sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, parsnips, squash, beets. Usually roasted in coconut oil. I limit tubers these days but occasionally have sweet/white potato.

I also fry my fish in coconut oil, and sometimes saut?? veggies like zucchini/mushrooms/peppers with it.

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on March 03, 2013
at 06:02 PM

Well, the problem with the eating of any animal parts is that you are skewing the ratios of important minerals (ie calcium). Most(like I did) think 'paleo' includes a ticket to healthy enjoyment eating animal and fat foods. Its insane to think chewing on a piece of another animal's flesh is adequate nutrition, in reality it is only skewing nutrient ratio's the same as eating high sugar. Meat does not digest well in the human. Even now in the medical field, its a recent fad for lack of a better option. There are many health problems associated with meat consumption, but it appears as being the lesser of evils.

Let the truth be your common sense. Are you naturally equipped to destroy cows? Not! and/or birds, let alone digest their flesh and bones. IMO its a better option to combine whole foods, to maintain better nutrient and alkaline balances. After futher research, you will likely find it it is best to keep all animal foods really really low, just to address omega fat ratios-(only because we are mammal derived), and the rest of the diet vegetables (starch and non). I used to eat meat twice daily, now I can't even stomach it or the taste. The cooked/raw ratio will fall into place based on the food selections available but it shouldn't be the guide, as digestion/nutrient content will be the only factor.

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on March 03, 2013
at 06:49 PM

Eat meat, see what comes out. Eat plants, see what comes out. Then tell me what's not digesting well.

867037077e38af784632b49316dd32fd

on March 03, 2013
at 08:27 PM

Exactly, timing is very significant. But don't quit there. Get ph tested after your meal to see which evokes greater chemical/mineral imbalances.

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on March 03, 2013
at 04:42 PM

I'd say about 65-75% in total volume of my food is raw, and 35-25% in volume is cooked. So that makes it like approximately a 3:1 ratio of raw to cooked.

The only fully cooked meal I eat a day is my post workout meal in which I include roasted root vegetables, steamed green vegetables, and a cooked meat/fish. Other meals are all raw foods (veggies/salads, berries/fruits, almonds/cashews/avocado) and often but not always a protein source (meat/seafood) that is usually cooked.

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on March 03, 2013
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I eat all my foods cooked, as I have IBS and I've been advised by many peeps, including most recently Amy Kubal, that they are easier to digest that way. I guess there's a couple exceptions - avocados, bananas. But all vegs, most definitely.

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on March 03, 2013
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I am actually thinking about doing raw Paleo. The only problem is... raw meat is inedible where I live. So I have to eat meat rare, not raw.

I cannot eat cooked food. I don't know how it happened, but it did. It was a gradual change and it occurred over time.

My GI system is like totally messed up. I have been keeping a diary for a long time. Each time I eat cooked food, no matter what it is, I fall asleep afterwards.

After eating raw foods I do not fall asleep.

So... I will have to eat raw foods. Also, for some weird reasons I am craving cheese. I have tried giving it up... but I don't think I can. So I have to have some cheese every day.

Not sure what to make of it. If there is somebody out there who can explain my raw food deal and my cheese cravings - welcome. Because I give up.

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on March 04, 2013
at 01:53 AM

Does the same food, raw vs. cooked, elicit different responses? Like after you eat cooked spinach you'd feel sleepy, but not after raw spinach? That is really intriguing...

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on March 04, 2013
at 05:41 AM

Not sure about spinach. It works with carrots though. Boiled carrots make me sleepy. Raw ones keep me alert.

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