Nutrition Values: Cooked Food VS. Raw Food.
In recent years, raw foodism, or the ingestion or intake of raw or uncooked food have surfaced as a variety to conventional eating like those of vegetarianism and veganism. Vegetarianism, is the practice of eating vegetables and fruits alone, while veganism is the practice of abstaining from the intake of animal products. Raw foodism on the other hand, is an entirely different concept in eating habits, as it is the practice of raw food intake, or the intake of food that is cooked only up to a certain temperature (between 40⁰c to 46⁰c, or 104⁰F to 115⁰F). There is much debate going on as to the advantage and disadvantages of eating raw foods; some studies state that heat or food that is cooked above a certain temperature destroys its nutritional value, and therefore renders the food non-functional. The natural enzymes that raw food contains, for example, it states, is destroyed when heated and sometimes can even leave toxins making it harmful to the human body.
On the other side of the debate however, many studies show that while cooking indeed makes the food lose some of its nutritional value, the risk of ingesting agricultural by-products from raw foods poses an even greater threat than eating foods that are cooked under sufficient temperature. Not only that, critics of raw foodism also point out that certain bacterias and microorganisms that sometimes thrive on raw foods will be ingested as well which can make an individual severely ill. One other point that critics and experts stress out is that the enzymes that raw foodism advocates state that die during cooking, is disintegrated through the natural digestive process therefore making them useless, and thus completely defeating the whole point of eating raw food.
Like all two-sided arguments, both sides will always have pros and cons, so the logical way for one to do to choose which side to take, or in this case, to decide to go raw foodism or not, simply goes down to one thing; weigh down the pros and cons of each diet and choose whatever is more beneficial and advantageous for you.