Thursday, September 30, 2010

Did you eat your "raw" veggies today?


You may have had your dose of veggies today, but have you had your dose of raw veggies?

Do you know that raw vegetables are extremely rich in minerals, vitamins, trace minerals and enzymes. The concept of enzyme is probably something new to you.

Enzymes are complex proteins that act as catalysts in almost every biochemical process that takes place in our body. There are 3 major categories of enzyme and the largest category play a role in all bodily processes including breathing, talking, moving, thinking, behavior and maintenance of the immune system.

Being a Chinese, our traditional cooking method always ensure we eat cooked food, including and especially veggies. Cooking veggies reduces the amount of minerals, vitamins and enzymes in vegetables. Of the cooking methods, steaming has been shown to retain the largest amount of vitamin content although it still reduces it. A diet composed exclusively of “cooked food” puts a severe strain on the pancreas, drawing down its reserves, so to speak, leaving it exhausted.

                                              Picture taken from here

You will get a lot more out of your vegetables if you consume them raw. The enzymes in raw food help start the process of digestion and reduce the body’s need to produce digestive enzymes. If your body has to rely too much on its own digestive enzymes the result is more stress is placed on your systems and organs leaving less time & energy for other jobs such as rebuilding and replacing damaged cells and tissue and keeping your immune system strong.

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