Let’s go ride a time machine!
We will go back from the history of mankind and know the way of eating their meals. Since early times, mankind has preferred ways of preparing foods. From the time when a conventional method of cooking, using wood and fire as the basic way of cooking meat from animal carcass developed into a modernized way of preparing foods to kitchen ovens with the use of gasoline, high tech equipment to grill chicken, pork and fish, ovens for baking, and many more. Health benefits and nutritional content of each food has been engineered even without cooking, the beginning of raw diet plan, to enhance the efficiency that it can bring to a person and promote the safest way to preserve the health benefits and nutrients that it can bring.
Do you know enough amount of cooking methods?
The question is, does the method of cooking food preserves the life of an individual? Or foods should be in a raw form to bring out the freshness and nutrients of these foods and its wondrous effect on our body? Some nutrients are destroyed in the cooking process, while some other nutrients have been highly available even if the food undergoes cooking. Nature has a way to reveal things that can’t be answered by science in some way it needs to be proven and takes time to look for an answer. While raw foods have nutrients that are available in its fresh form, if it undergoes the cooking process the availability of some nutrients will increase and some will be destroyed.
How scary can cooking be?
Back in the days when a man does not have access in high tech equipment in cooking foods, and ingredients are naturally fresh and organic, there’s no record of diseases that has existed than what we have today. The mortality is much higher and according to (WHO) World Health Organization as of year 2017, the 10 leading causes of death (heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia, kidney disease, and suicide) remained the same as in 2016, considering 6 out of 10 diseases from this data are diet and lifestyle-related diseases. Data from the National Vital Statistics according to the National Center for Health Statistics, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the life expectancy for the U.S. population 2016 declined to 78.6 years in 2017. In an age where fried foods and processed goodies are sold everywhere, and most families are exposed to eat foods in fast food chains and restaurants where they pay high to eat their favorite dish, as time goes by, continuous records of morbidity and mortality rate from non-communicable diseases increased because of a modernized diet from foods rich in preservatives and were processed differently than the type of foods served from the early times. A study conducted by Roni A. Neff, Danielle Edwards and Julia Wolfson of Public Health Nutrition, Cambridge University Press entitled; Reducing Meat Consumption in the USA: A nationally representative survey of attitudes and behaviors stated that “The USA has the fifth-highest per capita meat consumption in the world.
Meat consumption in the USA exceeds healthy levels by 20% – 60% based on recommendations in the 2015 to 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. According to the result of the study wherein 1,112 US adults selected from “GfK Knowledge Works” based on web survey, Two-thirds reported reducing meat consumption in at least over three years, with reductions of red and processed meat most frequent. The most common reasons for reduction were cost and health; environment and animal welfare lagged. Reported meat reduction was most common among those aged 45-59 years and those with lower incomes quoted.” This study showed insight about reduced meat-eaters and yes, vegan people also exist in numbers. According to a survey conducted by Harris Poll from “The Vegetarian Resource Group Asks in a 2016 National Poll”, 3.4% or 8 million Americans ate a solely vegetarian diet and 0.4% or 1 million Americans ate a strictly vegan diet. Even so, Americans are aiming to lower meat consumption and there are vegetarians, why does the data still show a high prevalence of mortality from several diseases that do not exist back in early times and the number is increasing year by year?
Does eating raw extends your life length
How does greens make you feel alive and wonderful?
Does cooking method destroy health wonders and nutritional benefits of the foods that we eat? Or does it only contribute to another problem which leads to food safety and sanitation issues? And does vegetables healthier than meat? Does it prove enough that once we go eating raw foods rich in fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, even pods and beans, will make our lives more healthy and longer than eating different kinds of foods that we can see everywhere in social media, television, advertisements, fast food chains and famous restaurants? We can look for some answers based on recent studies conducted that shows the difference between the health effects of raw foods versus cooked and processed foods.
Sources and References:
1. The Benefits of Eating Raw Foods, by U Rock Girl, date: April 07, 2015.
2. Scope 10k; Published by Stanford Medicine; by Randall Stafford, MD, PhD and Christopher Gardner, PhD. Year February 28, 2019.