🌹It is general perception that to lose weight or for good health eating raw food is good but that is not true for everyone , no doubt raw foods are rich in nutrition but it is our digestive system which should be capable enough to absorb those nutrients, so eating raw is not always beneficial.
👉If eating raw is so healthy why in almost all the cultures around the world day start with cooking but not with juicing or eating salad.
Why eating uncooked vegetables are not recommended in Ayurveda??🤔
👉Raw vegetables are heavy to digest, eating large amount of raw veggies depletes digestive fire which leads to accumulation of toxins and then causes disease.
👉Raw food gives instant energy and you feel better elimination but in long run it causes gas, bloating, constipation, dryness of skin, coldness and sleeping problem.
👉Uncooked foods are dry,cold, rough and activating in nature so they increase vata dosha in body this increased vata causes many physical and mental disorders.
👉Raw vegetables contain compounds which are harmful to our health, but those compounds would go away if we cooked them.
🌱For example we know that cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables contain goitrogens which depress the thyroid gland. But about 60% of it evaporates out when we cook them.
🌱Also spinach and other green leafy vegetables contain oxalates which pull the minerals from our bones and could cause kidney stones, but again, about 60% of them evaporate out when we cook them.
🌱And arbi contains a substance called calcium oxalate which is irritating to the mouth and throat, but the irritation goes away after you cook it thoroughly.
🤔But we heard cooking remove all the enzymes from the vegetables??
👉The real truth is that while it may leach out some of the enzymes, the overall absorption into the cells due to the cooking of that food is much more than if it were raw.
👉Cooked food are easy to digest. Steaming and sautéing of vegetables Infact make easy to absorb nutrients but over cooking should be avoided.
👉When we cook the food there is a molecular interaction of the oil or ghee, the water, salt, and spices which enhances the liver’s function and the absorption of nutrients into the cells.
🌱For example, if you ate raw broccoli, not many nutrients would absorb into your cells because of the hard cellulose fibers in the broccoli, but if you cook it and soften the fibers you’ll get more absorption into the cells.
🌱And if you cook it with ghee, the fats it will deliver nutrients across the cell membrane, which is made of cholesterol, and bring the nutrients deep into the cell.
🌱Even further, if you cook the food with spices, the spices create all kinds of enzymatic reactions which also aid in digesting and transporting the nutrients into the cells.
So should we complete avoid eating raw vegetables?? 🤔
👉You can eat some raw vegetables occasionally as a little side dish but avoid constant use of large bowl of salads and raw vegetable juices .
👉Person with strong digestion can have raw food but that should not be dominant part of meal.
👉Ayurveda recommends to eat raw fruits, nuts and spices that too according to individual digestive capacity.
But many people are eating raw vegetables??
👉You can try it for yourself and see if you feel better eating large salads and vegetables smoothies all the time, or if in fact you feel better eating soups, warm cooked stews, daals and lots of cooked vegetables, with ghee, spices, water and salt, then decide .