*Rocket and raw slaw, paprika prawns, sprouted lemony humous and alfalfa sprouts.
*There’s an argument to eating more raw food in the summer. Eating raw foods is sometimes considered more healthy as cooking can deplete nutrients in our food.
*Because there is an abundance of fruit and vegetables at this time of year it also makes sense to include more fresh and raw fruit and vegetables. It’s refreshing and when it’s hotter your body naturally craves cooler foods.
*However, cooking food also helps begin to break down the proteins which is a vital step in digestion. A very high protein food (eg meat or beans) is rarely eaten raw for a reason - humans instinctively know that cooking destroys some of the harmful bacteria’s and helps begin the vital breakdown of amino acids.
*But there are types of foods which are certainly less tasty cooked and certainly don’t NEED to be heated. For instance lettuce and cucumber. Cabbage is another one sometimes overcooked and in summertime is a vegetable I love to enjoy raw. Sprouts are a nutrient powerhouse and soaking and sprouting legumes are a wonderful way of getting rid of the anti-nutrients in beans but retaining their benefits.
*But remember eating a high raw food diet is not for everyone. For instance if you have IBS eating raw cabbage may in fact irritate your gut further and cause more symptoms. Eating lots of raw foods is not for everyone and is never something I would blanket recommend.
*Further proof that there really is no one diet to fit all. We are all individual.
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