Benefits of Raw and Living Foods
Why do you want to eat Living Nutz products?
Because Raw and Living Foods are foods that contain enzymes. Cooking food changes the molecular structure of the food.
In general, the act of heating food destroys enzymes in food. In some foods however, lightly cooking or steaming can bring nutrition into a bio-available format that is more readily absorbed by the human organism.
But over all, living and raw foods also have enormously higher nutrient values than the foods that have been cooked.
This belief is based on the work of Artturi Virtanen, a biochemist, and on the research of Dr. Edward Howell, an Illinois physician born in 1898, who researched how enzymes played a role in a person’s diet. He concluded that eating cooked food leads to health problems.
In 1985, Howell published a book in which he claimed that laboratory rats fed cooked foods had an overly large pancreas size.
Some raw food diet proponents believe that Howell’s book shows that the pancreas is forced to work harder on a diet of cooked foods and that food enzymes are just as essential to digestion as the body’s self-generated enzymes.
Dr. Edward Howell in his book Enzyme Nutrition says:
“Humans eating an enzyme less diet use up a tremendous amount of their enzyme potential in lavish secretions of the pancreas and other digestive organs. The result is a shortened lifespan (65 years or less as compared with 100 or more), illness, and lower resistance to stress of all types, psychological and environmental. By eating foods with their enzymes intact and by supplementing cooked foods with enzyme capsules we can stop abnormal and pathological aging processes.”
Enzymes give our body chemistry its vitality, literally giving our metabolism a boost. Plus, as molecules that enable the breaking down of our food, they also play a critically important role within our digestive system. For example, enzymes in our saliva allow us to break apart starches. Enzymes in our stomach help us break apart proteins. Enzymes in our intestines help us break apart fats, proteins, and carbohydrates of all kinds.
Dr. Humbart Santillo, M.D., states in his book Intuitive Eating that:
“A human being is not maintained by food intake alone, but rather by what is digested. Every food must be broken down by enzymes to simpler building blocks. Enzymes may be divided into 2 groups, exogenous (found in raw food) and endogenous (produced within our bodies.) The more one gets of the exogenous enzymes, the less will have to be borrowed from other metabolic processes and supplied by the pancreas. The enzymes contained in raw food actually aid in the digestion of that same food when it is chewed. One can live many years on a cooked food diet, but eventually this will cause cellular enzyme exhaustion which lays the foundation for a weak immune system and ultimately disease.”
Anthropologist Peter Lucas of George Washington University in Washington DC, US, was reported in NewScientist magazine on 19/2/2005 as having the theory that man being the only mammal with chronic poor dentition, and the only mammal to significantly process and cook his food, are causally linked.
He believes that the adoption of food processing and cooking reduced the size of our jaw through evolutionary processes, but not the size of our teeth.
Hence the expanding science of orthodontics. Conversely, the research suggests that a diet of unprocessed and uncooked food is more likely to promote health.
The benefits of going raw-vegan are boundless.
Raw foods are easy to digest, and they provide the maximum amount of energy with minimal bodily effort.
Studies have shown that living foods have healing powers that can alleviate many illnesses from low energy, allergies, digestive disorders, weak immune system, high cholesterol, candida, to obesity & weight problems (weight normalization), etc..
Research and real life experiences have also shown that a person can prevent a body’s healthy cells from turning into malignant cancerous cells (by lowering the number of free radicals) from consuming mostly a raw food diet & whole organic foods!