03-10-2006, 07:34 AM
Good Morning Everyone,
I have a few questions. These questions are not to spark a debate but I want to learn and arm myself with as much info as possible because I know sooner or later I will be asked questions and people may get defensive about what I say.AND I want to be knowledgeable about raw. So I need the help of you fine people.
Here they are.
1) Cooked food is bad?
2) Why is raw good?
3)What does cooking do to food.
4) What kinds of things are put into our foods. (meat , dairy)
5) Why is bread (sad) bad? Why is wheat bad?
This is it for starters.
Opinions are good , but I am looking for good research places to start. (web site, book recommendations)
03-10-2006, 07:51 AM
p.s. I am also looking for info on how food is broken down when cooked. How it changes ex.
03-10-2006, 08:24 AM
Hi there. It sounds like you are brandnew at raw. We all were, once. It's good to ask questions.
Alissa has a FAQ page on her site, that may help:
Many raw food sites have a page that explains why raw is better than cooked. You can also download a free book on nutrition (not really about raw) that may help:
1. All food needs to be digested, and when you eat cooked food, it doesn't get digested much. Instead it just sits there, with little or no enzymes to digest it, until stomach acid starts and the whole thing goes down the drain to the colon.
Meat, dairy, fish, poultry and baked bread, all take forever to get through the colon. It's cement and concrete day down there. Because it takes so long, the toxins don't get cleaned out as quick as they should, and the old meat leftovers is said to continue rotting in the colon.
We have long intestines. Fruit and veg eaters have that. Predators, meat eaters, like wolves, have short intestines, so meat doesn't have time to rot in them. And also, their stomach is really good at getting what it needs from the meat. It should also be noted that many big predators eat the green veggies in the stomach of the dead animal first.
2. Raw food still has it's enzymes, so when it comes into the stomach, it gets digested in a good way, for a whole hour. Then the stomach acid can get to work on it, and finally escort it down the drain.
The enzymes is only part of it, though. Raw food is mostly alkaline, and that is what we need to be, to avoid getting sick. Meat etc is not alkaline. (The PH thing.)
(That's my simple version and I'm still learning.)
3. A good cook will tell you that people cook foods, so that the flavors blend, and the ingredients soften and the cells in the food burst. The best food is cooked so it isn't quite a mush yet, but it is softened and full of flavors. But this bursting of cells is a bad thing, and the removal of the enzymes (needed for digestion) is a bad thing.
4. Meat and dairy etc have a ton of stuff in them, that we should not eat, and one of them is the medicin that the animals are fed, to grow faster. This medicine is leftover in the meat, and it also works on humans. So when humans eat this medicine filled meat, we start getting fatter the same way the cows and pigs did. We get "beefed up" through eating beef. And we get sick.
5. Bread is made out of the white stuff in wheat etc. It's not made out of the vitamin rich part of the wheat. Sprouted wheat is very healthy. It's just the dried, processed, cooked white flour, that is bad.
All bread works a bit like a big "cement block" in the intestines. It takes time to get rid of it, and that makes us gain weight. There is also a lot of other reasons why it's bad for our health.
I can't remember it all. I know there are educational video's on www.gerson.org as well. There's SO much to read and learn.
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