The Benefits of Living Foods

Arcimboldo-Rudolf-II-631Some thoughts on raw food from Reality Sandwich.

Via Reality Sandwich:

Let’s start by addressing an incorrect assumption about food. It is so basic that it literally has slipped by us all for thousands of years. It’s an assumption that was never really scientifically questioned until the twentieth century. And that is the assumption that cooked food is a normal and natural part of a daily balanced diet.

Cooking is something that was invented. It is not indigenous to the Planet Earth. Fire is indigenous, but cooking food is not. It is something we do that is different from every other creature on Earth. We humans and our domesticated animals are the only creatures on this planet who eat cooked foods. All animals living in the wild eat their food raw and, almost always, fresh. Cooked and processed foods are artificial. The cooking and processing of foods has become so common that most of us do not even question it.

The basis of human nourishment is obvious: it is raw plant foods. And Nature presents this to us in abundance. Raw plant foods are simple, easy to find, fun to eat, enjoyable, contain thousands of discovered and yet-to-be-discovered health-giving nutrients, and conform to the biological design of the human digestive system. The Sun is the beating heart of all life, and raw plant foods represent the purest form of transformed sun energy.

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  • Reasor

    Washing your hands with warm, soapy, water is an invention, too, but I like the benefits of personal hygiene as much as I like the benefits of handling my food hygenically.

    • Trevor Smith

      I don’t see any problem with people questioning deeply ingrained assumptions we all take for granted as being “normal”, and noting how recent and unique cooked food is does just that. People often look at those who don’t eat cooked food like they are from another planet, when really we are the only species in earths history who eats such a diet, and only very recently. It seems to me like he is simply calling this conventional view into question with that point, and then elaborating with actual evidence.

      I’m much more interested in discussing the evidence as opposed to some philosophical natural vs unnatural debate. Everything is natural in a sense, when you think about it. But when it comes to food, the tendency is obviously that processed food is often much worse for us than unprocessed foods..Just look at a standard american diet for evidence of that.

  • HCE

    The article starts with ridiculous flawed reasoning, and goes downhill from there.
    the simple version is this: Invented/not naturally occurring = not good for us.

    Mr. Wolfe, put away your computer, your cell phone, refrigerator, car and everything else and get back in your cave.

    • jnana

      at least he’s questioning assumptions that are just taken as fact. there might just be a better way. maybe we don’t have to manipulate nature so extensively and can instead aim to live in harmony with her.

      • http://pneumerology.com/ pneumerology

        Yes, but including such flawed statements weakens his argument and cast doubt on his own integrity and reliability. Blenders and juicers (and his books) are equally “unnatural”. And beginning the article with an “all natural” appeal to bias is the same kind of manipulative advertising strategy the “food industry” uses. When I see somebody doing that, my immediate response is to be skeptical about the accuracy of his science reporting too.

        All that is a very frustrating and counter productive. And I’m saying this as a person who is interested and enthused about the basic premise that raw foods (and the science that goes with it) are good medicine. I am currently staking my life on it, but I won’t be turning to this fellow for information because I don’t trust him by the time I finish the first paragraph.

        • Yūgen

          Getting so dismayed by the opening comment that cooked food is a recent human invention just seems like a knee-jerk reaction to me, and a way of swiping the rest of the science and arguments that followed it conveniently under the rug. I’m glad your interested in the actual science of it though.

    • Trevor Smith

      He never said anything not naturally occurring = bad. Look at the stuff on his website and its obvious that’s not the case. If you have any counter-arguments for his points on the toxins created by cooking food and the nutritious vitamins and elements destroyed by it, then i’d be interested in hearing them. Otherwise this is just a straw-man.

  • BuzzCoastin

    diet doctrines are always stilted
    when in fact
    everything with moderation
    works best

    • Trevor Smith

      Maybe for you. If I sat down and had some taco bell because I bought into the “everything in moderation” cliche i’d probably spend the next 20 minutes over a toilet.

      Everything in moderation…even moderation ;)

      • BuzzCoastin

        which is worse
        too pure or too fast food lose?

        I consume a little poison regularly
        to keep my immune system prepared

        • Trevor Smith

          Which is worse? Look at a typical american vs someone who grows almost all of their own food for the answer to that question… While its true that some might have an overly purist attitude (you lsd haters, i mean you!), and while there is an endless parade of health fads, I don’t think that approach holds any weight. When it comes to junk food, less is always better and there is 0 evidence that I know of to suggest otherwise.

          We are constantly consuming toxic things either in food, the air, water, and so on..even if we eat really healthy. But there is far better ways to prepare your immune system than eating junk.

  • echar

    There’s this raw food restraunt in Minneapolis called Ecopolitan. I loved every meal I ate there. It tasted great, I left feeling awesome, and had golden shits later. I highly recommend the burritos and make sure you get some of their fruit shots. This is coming from a life long meat eater.

    http://www.ecopolitan.com/

  • lunasea

    The reason we cook food is that not very much food is edible without cooking.

    Broccoli didn’t used to be eaten raw. Since most people don’t eat plates and plates of raw broccoli, but the odd piece here and there in a salad or on a veggie platter, it’s not such a big deal.

    However, if one were to eat a plate of raw broccoli on a regular basis, they might discover the unfortunate effect of goitrogens on their thyroid glands.

    This is also true of spinach, but in spinach’s case, there are also oxalates to consider…I’m unsure if cooking removes or lessens the effects of oxalates, but I do know that consuming tons of “green smoothies” based on spinach or kale will not help you prevent kidney stones.

    That being said, I do enjoy many foods raw and will continue to consume occasional, delicious, blueberry/banana/romaine smoothies until someone can convince me that these are also evil…

  • X.

    I suggest following a traditional health paradigm such as Ayurveda or TCM in order to avoid the confusion associated with this topic (health/diet/etc).

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