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How Does Cooking Affect Raw Foods?
Copyright, Loren Howe
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This is part three of a nutritional health article on foods and diets that can either result in renewed health or the tearing down of health. Read part one on
food and your health
What Cooking Does to Food:
When food molecules are heated it is not only the toxins that are destroyed.
Heat indiscriminately destroys toxins, vitamins, and any other complex
molecules. The food's entire structure changes.
A simple example is
a clear egg albumin turning white as the heated protein is denatured.
As this process continues, proteins, fats, and carbohydrates degrade
and recombine in nearly infinite variety.
The more radically affected
protein and carbohydrate molecules change color to black or brown. These
darkened particles are generically called Maillard particles.
Maillard particles are simply random compounds formed by cooking.
It is clear that food changes radically during heat processing. It would
be extremely unlikely that all of these changes were positive or that
humans had time to fully evolve and overcome all of the negative aspects.
There have been a vast number of claims
regarding the damage which cooking does to food. These include destruction
of enzymes, creation of toxins, destruction of beneficial nutrients / phytochemicals,
and allowance of poisonous and sub-optimal food sources into the general
diet. As with any dietary controversy, we could endlessly analyze each
side's argument. There are easier ways however.
What our Ancestors Knew:
Societies have empirically
adjusted to dietary changes. Over thousands of years, most cultures
develop standard diets and food preparation methods based on trial and
error. This knowledge represents the cumulative experience of millions
of individuals over hundreds of generations." Rather than theorize or conduct limited
studies, it is almost always simpler and more effective to learn what
our ancestors traditionally ate and how they prepared their food."
It is also important to recognize that every sub-population and individual
has genetic variability. It is necessary to keep an open mind, experiment,
and follow your instincts in order to arrive at an optimal individual
diet for yourself at any given period of your life."
conclusion: traditional diets and cooking
Related: Nutritional Jargon* What are GMO's?
To learn much greater detail regarding
traditional dietary and health practices, you can read The Real Story
of Money, Health, and Religion, by Loren Howe available in paperback
or $1.25 download at"LuLu Online Bookstore"