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do we need to eat any raw food for good health, or can a diet be 90+% cooked?

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Created July 15, 2012 at 2:10 AM

I eat salads and raw vegetables mostly because it has been ingrained in my head that these things are good for me. However, I much prefer my vegetables steamed, with a hunk of meat and either a sweet potato or some fruit to round out the meal. Do we need any raw food for health?

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So even things like Kale, which are edible raw, but are slightly bitter?

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on July 15, 2012
at 05:14 PM

I just go by feel. Sometimes I have a hunger for meat cooked rare, sometimes (but rarely) some cooked all the way through. In the summer I like more fruit and raw veggies, on more relaxing or cool days I eat them cooked (not the fruits).

I've spent a lot of time listening to my body, so my ability to understand what it wants isn't as lacking as it was years ago.

Used to worry about the whole cooked and raw debate. Then I realized it doesn't matter. Now I find what works for me.

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on July 15, 2012
at 02:12 AM

The older I get the more rare or raw I eat my foods. I just find that it tastes better, digests better, and I strongly suspect has better nutrition.

Some things need to be cooked, like pork, chicken, and sweet potatoes, and I find egg whites hard to digest raw but have no problem eating the yolks raw or nearly so. But anything that I can comfortably eat raw or rare, I do, by preference.

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on July 15, 2012
at 02:48 AM

So even things like Kale, which are edible raw, but are slightly bitter?

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on July 15, 2012
at 04:55 PM

Wow, interesting I can't digest many vegetables without them being cooked. My diet is close to 95 percent cooked (rare meat though).

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on July 15, 2012
at 05:11 AM

Keep eating RAW!!!

  1. Eating RAW foods helps your body to produce enzymes that are necessary for digestion.

  2. I know people who were able to heal their ulcers by eating raw foods.

I have tried eating both cooked food and raw food. I am feeling MUCH MUCH BETTER when I am eating only raw foods.

Obviously, I cannot eat 100% raw meat all the time, but at least I am eating raw fish (sashimi). So now I think I am trying to eat at least 95% of all my foods raw.

To answer your question - no, cooked food is not better for you - during the cooking process some essential vitamins are destroyed. Make sure to eat as much raw food as you can.

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on July 15, 2012
at 04:50 PM

Don't know if we 'need' to eat raw. Eating raw meat has become a preference of mine over the years. I eat raw steak, raw liver - even my 12 year old step daughter loves raw steak with some salt & pepper. I find I digest raw meat better and no matter how big of a steak I eat raw it never feels heavy or full in my stomach, it almost feels as if it does not take any energy to digest it whereas cooked meat I am aware of it in my system for a couple hours.

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