Since the discovery of fire by our ancestors, cooking has taken several forms. As we all know, consuming cooked foods are always healthy as high temperatures kill germs that are not visible to our naked eye. However, did you know that consuming certain foods in their raw form is way healthier? Some natural enzymes, vitamins, phytochemicals, and other nutrients get readily damaged when subjected to cooking temperatures. Food experts say that foods cooked not above 48 degrees are also raw foods. Here are five foods you can include on the go in your daily diet for a wholesome experience.
Tomatoes are rich in nutrients and antioxidants like lycopene, beta carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E. These nutrients are heart-healthy, help reduce cancer risk, reduce inflammation, and improve your immune system. While some studies say that cooked tomatoes have increased lycopene content than raw forms, retaining other heat-sensitive nutrients and antioxidants is equally essential. Tangy tomato juice or sliced tomatoes in your salad are your best options.
Green veggies are always more nutritious, especially broccoli. You can obtain the most of this power-packed vegetable by consuming it raw. It is rich in protein, calcium, potassium, vitamin C, and sulforaphane, which are beneficial for your heart, reduce cancer risk and blood pressure, and improve your immunity.
Most people enjoy coconut in its raw form rather than when cooked. It is heart-friendly toothsome food, with a soothing drink that has loaded nutrients like bioactive enzymes, potassium, and organic electrolytes. Tender coconut flesh and water help energize you, enhance your digestion and fat metabolism.
Salted and roasted nuts indeed taste good, but we suggest you have them raw. It is not surprising that adding salt and oil to roast them increases their caloric value and fat content and deprives them of nutrients like magnesium and iron. Instead, grab a handful of raw nuts like almond, pistachio, cashew, walnuts, etc., and have them instantly or add some coconut shavings and make it more delectable.
5. Bell Peppers
Green, yellow, orange, or red, whatever be your choice, we will be happier if you have them raw. Bell peppers are a low-calorie source of nutrients packed with beta carotene, vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, vitamin A, and fiber. Make a salad, or toss a little but make sure you do not overcook them.