ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Eating in the "Raw"

Updated on March 11, 2012
Fresh Raw vegetables
Fresh Raw vegetables

Raw; No way...Yes way

You probably already know that Humans are the only creatures on earth that do not eat most of their food fesh and raw. Yes, cooking does reduce the time we spend eating and of course requires less chewing, but it changes the chemical make-up of food and can destroy essential nutrients that our body needs. I'm not try to say that you shouldn't cook any vegetables, but there are many vegetables that are very appetizing without being cooked. Did you know that vitamins A, C, and E ( important antioxidants), folic acid and thiamin are destroyed by heat? Also many amino acids, such as lysine, can be altered during the cooking process; the end result being that they cannot be absorbed into the body.

It is in good health that some raw food daily, has many good health benefits. The first benefit is it helps us maintain a proper water balance, lessens salt intake, and I think most importantly, it ensures that we obtain the maximum benefit from the large variety of cancer-protective phytochemicals which are contained in fresh veggies and fruits. Being on a raw food diet or limited raw food regimen can improve our resistance to illnesses such as colds and "flu". It has also been found that it can help lessen certain complications for those who suffer from diabetes and arthritis.

Chopped Veggies for shallow-frying
Chopped Veggies for shallow-frying

If "Raw" doesn't work

Sometimes eating vegetables raw may not be convenient, practical, or you just can't stomach the idea. Here are the tips to minimize vitamin and minerals loss when cooking fresh vegetables; preferably organnic.

When cleaning vegetables, keep washing to the minimum that is consistant with good overall hygiene.

Don't pre-soak vegetables, or start cooking them in cold water. They need to be put directly into boiling water, broth, or steam them.

Cook your veggies as lightly as possible. They should always be firm and tender, not soggy.

Use the water that you cooked the vegetables to make sauces and gravies, thus getting the benefits of the vitamins and minerals.

Another smart technique is to shallow-fry chopped vegetables in a small amount of cooking oil, then cooking them in a covered pan with a small amount of water. This preserves flavor and nutrients.

One last tip is whether you are eating raw or lightly cooking your vegetables, always use them when they are at their premium quality

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Melanie Munn 

      8 years ago

      I try to eat raw foods, such as throwing some raw broccoli in with my lunchtime meal. Also I eat fruit everyday. I know I am not getting nearly enough though.

    • Lgali profile image

      Lgali 

      9 years ago

      very useful info

    • laringo profile imageAUTHOR

      laringo 

      9 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Thanks girlgenius....I likewise look forward to reading more of your Hubs.

    • girlgenius profile image

      girlgenius 

      9 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hello Laringo!

      Thanks for a very informative hub. I look forward to reading more from you.

      Sadia

    • laringo profile imageAUTHOR

      laringo 

      9 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      BkCreative, I am interesting in finding out what the raw chef has to tell you. Can't wait for your post on Hubpages.

    • laringo profile imageAUTHOR

      laringo 

      9 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      guidebaba, you are absolutely correct. Often flavor is lost in some foods from overcooking.

    • BkCreative profile image

      BkCreative 

      9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks for this Laringo.

      I am getting ready to interview a raw chef here in NYC and post it online. She is marvelous and I have enjoyed her cuisine and detox and on and on and yes, we eat everything except raw and fresh.

      Great hub!

    • guidebaba profile image

      guidebaba 

      9 years ago from India

      Yes. Raw is Good and Healthy.

    • laringo profile imageAUTHOR

      laringo 

      9 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Bob, I enjoy raw vegetables as well, a much better choice to snack on than chips or sweets, although I do admit I indulge every now and then; Just because.

    • Bob Ewing profile image

      Bob Ewing 

      9 years ago from New Brunswick

      I enjoy a number of raw vegetables and eat them regularly.

    • profile image

      laringo 

      9 years ago

      Hi Amanda, my grandkids were introduced to raw veggis and fruits at a young age also, and that is their preferred snack choice now. I think it's great. Thanks for sharing your comments.

    • Amanda Severn profile image

      Amanda Severn 

      9 years ago from UK

      Hi Laringo,

      This is all great, sensible advice. My kids eat most of their vegetables raw, probably because I used to give them carrot and cucumber and baby corn to nibble on when they started on finger food. Now they just seem to prefer them that way. I always steam most of my other veggies, and I love to eat plenty of variety.

    • laringo profile imageAUTHOR

      laringo 

      9 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Christine; I'm glad I was able to give you valuable information, and to have kids love veggies is a blessing for you.

    • christine almaraz profile image

      christine almaraz 

      9 years ago from colorado springs

      I have a unique situation: my kids love veggies so I'm glad to get more information about preparing them correctly to preserve their nutritional value. nce hubi

    • laringo profile imageAUTHOR

      laringo 

      9 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Thanks Jennifer, I eat some veggies raw and I steam others. I find that cutting them up in small slices or pieces is easier to chew and swallow and a better overall expereince.

    • Jennifer profile image

      Jennifer 

      9 years ago

      Good information, I have always wondered how people eat "raw".

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)