Eating healthily mostly refers to eating fresh raw food for some people. While raw foodism is not truly beneficial for the sake of human body, eating cooked food has some benefits rather than all-raw foodist. It does not mean that eating raw food is not good; it is indeed good at some parts. Many people believe that when we eating fresh raw food, we can gain the nutrition from the food completely compared to cooked food which can destroy some nutrition and vitamin contained because of the cooking processes. On the other hand, cooking can improve the taste of the food and can help our digestive system.
Nutrition in Cooked Food, Calories And Vitamin
Cooking processes can lose and damage the food nutrition. It’s true when you do not know how to process your food the right way. Too much exposure on heat or cooking with higher temperatures and longer time can result in losing the protein and vitamin of the food itself. However, cooking the food is very important for your health since it can kill potential harmful microorganism and bacteria contained in food supply such as poultry and ground meats. When cooking food, actually, food nutrition like mineral, protein, and vitamin are not vanishing completely.
Instead, it leaches to the water (when you cook soup) or to the oil. Grilling is also one method to increase the taste of food such as meats. Yet, it is known that high-temperature grilling can bring higher cancer risk. It is because of two carcinogenic compounds, heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) produced by the grilling process.
Moreover, cooked food is more digestible and may contain more calories. Starches like those in wheat, barley, potatoes, etc. are composed mostly of two sugar-based molecules, amylopectin and amylose, which, when raw, are tightly packed and inaccessible to digestive enzymes. Studies have shown that cooked starches contain more calories than the raw one. Furthermore, Rachel Cambody says “Because cooked food has been processed before it entered the body, some of the work in terms of breaking down that food has already been down so it saves our digestive system from working as hard. Basically cooking externalizes part of the digestive process.”
So, which one is the best? Both depend on your goal. If you want to lose some weight, just cut your calorie intake by eating raw. If you want to gain more calories, then cooked food can give you the benefit. Eating raw is good for particular food like fruits and so as cooked food. Balance eating of both raw and cooked food can give the most benefit for body.