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What is the Raw Food Diet?
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Raw food contains many different types of ______________ that are critical for proper digestion and nutrient absorption.
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Hi, I’m Maria Saracen from ArtfullyNourished.com, and in this video for About.com we’re going to be talking about the raw food diet.The main reason a person would want to follow this diet is because of the belief that raw food is the healthiest food to eat. For example, raw food contains many different types of enzymes that are critical for proper digestion and nutrient absorption.  Cooking can denature or destroy these enzymes, which makes the body’s job of digesting food more challenging. Aside from enzymes, cooking can also reduce the nutritional value of certain food. For example sulforaphanes in broccoli, which are considered cancer-fighting compounds, are significantly reduced when broccoli is cooked.  Other nutrients like vitamin C and folate can also be destroyed in the cooking process. Raw food enthusiasts believe that by eating a raw food diet, they can get the full benefit of the enzymes and nutrients in their food, thereby enjoying better digestion and over-all health.On the other hand, cooking has been shown to actually increase the digestibility and healthfulness of certain foods.  For example, cooked tomatoes contain three to four times more lycopene than raw tomatoes.Another benefit of cooking food is that it can destroy harmful pathogens like salmonella and e-coli as well as reduce or eliminate anti-nutrients that are found in certain foods like nuts and grains. It is important to note, however, that not all food on the raw food diet is what you might consider raw.  Certain foods can be dehydrated at a temperature between 104 to118 degrees Fahrenheit— and the reason there’s a range is because there is some debate regarding the ideal temperature.   If you’re interested in trying the raw food diet, keep in mind that you don’t have to go 100% raw. You can start off gradually and increase the amount of raw food in your diet to suit your palate, lifestyle and even the season.Thanks so much for watching.  To learn more about the raw food diet, please visit About.com
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