Why You Shouldn’t Cook These Six Foods

Raw Garlic

Who eats their red beets raw, if not you may want to stop cooking them and start eating them raw. We have talked about eating as close to the earth as possible in previous articles. This simply means you pull it from the ground or pick it from a plant in the ground and consume in as close to its natural state as possible.

1.) The red beet can be considered a super food, because of its range of health benefits. High in fiber, vitamin C, potassium, manganese and B vitamin folate raw beets have been known to lower blood pressure, boost your immune system, fight inflammation, and some studies have suggested they can reduce the risk of cancer. Raw beets are better for you because the cooking process reduces the benefits by up to 25 percent.

Mix the raw beet slices in with diced apples, carrots, and green leafy vegetables for a healthy alternative to processed foods. A citrus-based dressing compliments beets and other raw vegetables.

2.) Garlic, while typically eaten cooked is much better for your health when consumed raw however. Studies have shown that garlic may reduce the risk of lung cancer.

Keep in mind any medical information presented, is for informational purposes only, and is not to be considered medical advice. While some studies do show certain possibilities, there is no conclusive medical evidence, but rather indications of benefits.

Garlic contains the phytonutrient allicin, which is reduced by the cooking process. Not many people can munch on a raw garlic clove, but they can be diced or sliced and mixed in salads or marinated in vinegar or citrus based dressings. The cooking process does bring out the delicious flavor of garlic in many dishes and you still benefit from cooked garlic, but you will have to consume considerably more to get the same benefits that are provided by a smaller amount of raw garlic.

3.) Raw onions, while they may not be socially acceptable at cocktail parties they do provide tremendous health benefits or over cooked ones. Onions contain allicin, which is a phytonutrient that helps to curb hunger, may help prevent cancer, and promote cardiovascular health, along with helping to reduce high blood pressure. You get more of it when you eat onions raw as opposed to eating them cooked.

Both red and yellow onions also contain quercetin, which is a bioflavonoid known to have anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties to help your body fight off viruses, to include the common cold.

4.) Eat your broccoli its good for you. Your mom was right, and it’s even better for you when eaten raw. The cooking process again reduces the health benefits by a considerable amount.

Raw broccoli is loaded with vitamin C, calcium, potassium, and protein along with sulforaphane, which is a compound known to lower blood pressure, fight certain cancer cells, and improve your heart health, and broccoli provides antioxidants that help with anti-aging and immunity as well.

5.) Did you know that red bell peppers contain nearly three times the vitamin C intake you need for the day, not to mention that red bell peppers are also a powerful antioxidant along with an excellent source of vitamin B6, vitamin E, and magnesium?

6.) Crack a Coconut today for better health. Raw coconut water can help replenish fluids arguably better than regular water, but it can cause stomach upset if large amounts are consumed at one time. In addition to that, coconut oil, which is in the meat, contains healthy fats that are known to strengthen both the brain and heart.

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