To Bake or To Broil: That is the Question
Most people are aware that there is a difference between fried, baked, boiled, o...
Roasting – Cooking food in hot air is called roasting. Roasted turkey is an
example.
Simmering – Cooking food in water tha...
Digestion – Raw foods are easily digested and take only 24-36 hours for transit
through the digestive tract, whereas it ta...
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Most people are aware that there is a difference between fried, baked, boiled, or grilled foods. However, few recognize the nutritional value of foods based on the method used to prepare them.

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To bake or to broil

  1. 1. To Bake or To Broil: That is the Question Most people are aware that there is a difference between fried, baked, boiled, or grilled foods. However, few recognize the nutritional value of foods based on the method used to prepare them. Almost all foods, especially fruits, vegetables, and grains are most nutrient rich in their biological form. The preparation of food breaks down, and, in some cases, destroys the vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and living foods that the body needs for optimal health and longevity. The basic methods of cooking include baking, barbecuing, boiling, broiling, grilling, frying, roasting, simmering, and steaming. Baking – Food is baked in an oven. Carbohydrates and protein foods are most frequently baked until golden brown and/or caramelized. Barbecuing – Meat is grilled over hot coals. Corn can also be barbecued. Boiling – Vegetables, potatoes, and sometimes meat can be boiled in water. Broiling – In this method of cooking, food lies directly under a continuous heat source. Meat can be broiled in a shallow broiler pan. It is similar to barbecuing or grilled cooking because the food is quickly heated at a very high temperature, and then is browned before serving. Grilling – In the grilling method of cooking, food lies directly on the heat source. Frying – The food is cooked either in butter, lard, or vegetable oils. Three types of frying are deep frying, pan frying, and stir frying. Frying is very unhealthy, since it very high in calories and fat, and has minimal nutritional value.
  2. 2. Roasting – Cooking food in hot air is called roasting. Roasted turkey is an example. Simmering – Cooking food in water that is just below the boiling point is simmering. Eggs should be simmered rather than boiled. Steaming – Steaming is cooking food in steam. Most of the time, vegetables are steamed. However, grains such as rice can also be steamed. Steamed foods have more nutrients because they are not lost in the cooking process. When you cook food, its sugars become caramelized, proteins are denatured, and natural fibers will be broken down. 90% of vitamins and 100% of enzymes in food are lost in the process of cooking. Eating raw food is much healthier than eating cooked food; however, in some cases such as with legumes, cooking is needed before they can be ingested. While food that has been cooked is the primary preference of most Americans, there are many benefits of eating foods as close to the form nature intended. For example: Enzymes – During cooking, enzymes needed to break down the nutrients are destroyed. This problem is eliminated when food is eaten raw. Abundant energy – Raw food boosts energy. Better sleep – You will have a restful sleep. Even with less sleep, you will wake up full of energy and ready for the day’s work. Increased mental clarity – Eating raw food helps you focus, and increases your concentration levels.
  3. 3. Digestion – Raw foods are easily digested and take only 24-36 hours for transit through the digestive tract, whereas it takes 40-100 hours for cooked food. This increased transit time increases the risk of putrefaction. Eliminates body odor – A healthy, raw food diet eliminates body odor and halitosis (bad breath). Cooked food quickly ferments, putrefies in the intestinal tract, and can cause allergies. You can still follow healthy cooking and retain the nutrients in the food by using only a small amount of water, so that you don’t drain the immune booster fluids. When you have to peel fruits or vegetables, peel them thinly. Wash the vegetables, fruits, and leafy vegetables before cutting to avoid loss of minerals and vitamins. Cut bigger pieces and cook with a low flame and for less time. The main thing to remember when cooking food is that less is better. Cooking using the least ingredients, over the least amount of heat for the shortest period of time will result in more nutrient rich food. We do not encourage baking, barbecuing, boiling, broiling, grilling, frying, roasting, or simmering. If a person chooses to do this, we recommend moderation while using a plant based diet. ____________________________________________________________ ___________ Dr. Fred Bisci is an organic and raw food nutritionist with over 40 years of experience helping people improve longevity and reduce the risk of diet related illnesses. He has assisted over 35,000 people to improve health by focusing not only on what goes into the body, but what is left out. For more information on how a lifestyle rich in vitamins, minerals and water-plump fresh produce can help you feel better and live longer, visit: www.anydoubtleaveitout.com

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