Since moving to a raw diet I have been asked by friends and family whether you can cook food on a raw diet. What they mean of course is do you allow yourself any cooked meat and vegetables or is everything you eat completely raw. Going round for dinner could be a nightmare explaining what I can and cannot eat. It wouldn’t take long to become “Mr Weird Foodie” with no friends.
While some people do eat completely raw as raw foodists I will eat cooked food. In fact I still enjoy cooked food although I do limit this for the reasons I explain below.
Behind this question is a serious point about cooking temperatures and enzymes which I will try to explain. Raw foods, when cooked, start to change and breakdown. When they break down the enzymes change their structure and make it much harder for you to digest the food. Your digestive organs will have to work harder to overcome the lack of enzymes in the cooked food. Eventually your organs will wear themselves out with all the work of trying to compensate for the change in the foods structure.
The cooking temperature that all this change happens to food is 118 degrees Fahrenheit. The only way to get around this change in the foods structure is to quickly blanch food or steam it. It requires a good thermometer and some skill to cook the food and keep it below this temperature.
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If you have lived on processed meals for most of your life then you should be looking to change your eating towards more raw food. If you were to return to cooked and processed food then you may find that it has a greater detrimental affect on your digestive system.
For people who eat a large amount of their food raw,Â there will not be too much harm done by just cooking and tucking in to your dinner. You can hardly expect your host at dinner to bed running round checking the food temperature. So you can eat cooked food on a raw diet but just do not overdo it.
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