When a food is heated to over 110 degrees, its enzymes are destroyed. To help with digestion, the pancreas must then produce additional enzymes to aid the digestive process. It requires additional energy and stress for the body to produce its own enzymes.
Since raw foods are left whole and unprocessed, they retain all their nutrients, as well as enzymes the body needs to convert food to fuel. Raw foods don't take a lot of energy to digest and are digested more rapidly-in 24 to 36 hours. In contrast, cooked foods can take from 48 to 100 hours to be digested.
Incorportating uncooked foods into your diet may help support weight loss and provide more energy and clearer skin, while releasing stored toxins. People eating raw foods tend to have less body fat and inflammation, as determined by low levels of C-reactive protein A Journal of Nutrition study linked long-term consumption of a 70-100-percent raw-foods diet with favorable serum LDL cholesterol and trigliceride levels. Raw foods may even help fight cancer.
-Taste For Life 8/07