There are certain phytonutrients that are absorbed better from cooked foods.
Image thanks to Christa.
It’s not what you eat, though, it’s what you absorb. Check out this study on long-term raw foodists: This study was done in Europe, so the “average Western diet” here wasn’t terrible. Four servings of fruits and vegetables a day resulting in a B carotene intake of about 5mg a day ; versus, a decent diet—seven servings a day of fruits and veggies, both raw and cooked; versus, a raw food diet, in which they ate on average a whopping 17 servings of fruits and veggies a day, leading them to have about 3 times the B-carotene intake.
But that’s intake. How much of it actually got into their bloodstream? Blood B-carotene is considered a good surrogate marker for a healthy diet Tell me what your blood B-carotene level is and I will tell you what your health risk is.
So who had the most B carotene in their bodies—those eating 4 servings a day, 7, or 14? It was the middle group, the 7 servings a day group,because cooking can boost the absorption of phytonutrients like B-carotene—like the cooked carrots having more antioxidants than raw. The raw foodists here were eating 17 servings a day, and basically had the same amount of this phytonutrient reaching their vital organs as those on the crappy standard diet! So I recommend a combination of raw and cooked foods.
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Check out my associated blog post, How to Enhance Mineral Absorption.
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