View Full Version : Digesting Cellulose
03-30-2007, 12:24 PM
So I always thought that one of the main reasons behind Raw Foods is that they are easier to digest than processed or cooked foods. I completely understand the reasoning with enzymes. That makes sense to me, however, what about the issue of cellulose in fruits and veggies being harder to digest than other foods or cooked versions of fruits/veggies?
My doctor pointed this out to me, and it sort of makes sense. But I don't want to lose my faith in raw foods...
03-30-2007, 12:29 PM
i think it depends on the strength of your digestion track as a whole. for example, i take digestive enzymes with every meal to help things along, because im healing my gut right now.
BUT..if you are able to eat and experience no digestive upsets, then your track is strong and healthy already :cool:
and those fruits/veggies youre eating, have their own enzymes in them to help break down that cellulose. so long as theyre raw, youre golden.
besides, whats harder to break down: meat and dairy? or raw celery? :cool:
in fact, i think in theory cooked celery would be harder to digest..the cooking may break down the cellolose, but it also destroys the cellulase (enzyme) needed to digest it.
03-30-2007, 12:57 PM
thanks for your reply... that does make sense :)
03-30-2007, 12:59 PM
youre welcome! :)
03-30-2007, 04:24 PM
Yes I would agree it depends on the person's digestive tract.
I know for me, I feel like I get way more benefit from blended and juiced veggies than whole. I think they are hard to break down. that's why gorillas are out there chewing for 8 hours a day. Unless you're doing that, I think we need to supplement with juicers & blenders!
03-30-2007, 05:37 PM
humans do not digest cellulose
03-30-2007, 05:54 PM
EatYourBroccoli - I was curious which digestive enzymes you use? I went to the store to get some myself, and couldn't decide because there are about 15 different brands. I'm thinking I'll go with Udo's Choice just because I trust the quality and like his 3-6-9 oil, but thought I'd see what other people are taking... ;)
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