U.S. Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs concluded in its report entitled “Diet and Killer Diseases,” that the Standard American diet is responsible for the development of chronic degenerative diseases such as heart disease, atherosclerosis, cancer, diabetes, stroke, etc. So, virtually all chronic degenerative diseases are caused or aggravated by digestive problems.
Digestion happens in a 20-foot, mucus-lined tube that directly interfaces us with our environment. What we eat is transformed into our flesh, blood, actions, thoughts and feelings. The digestive tract has built in assistance from the salivary glands, the pancreas, the liver, and most importantly uncooked or living raw food — all of which provide enzymes.
ENZYMES and the key difference between raw and cooked foods
All our food, whether plant or animal, contains enzymes. All living organisms produce their own enzymes to provide the nutrients they need. Just as our bodies produce enzymes.
Enzymes, like us are delicate. Delicate because they are destroyed by temperatures more than 118 degrees (some by as little as 105 degrees), which means that they may not survive even light steaming. Enzymes are powerful biochemical catalysts; they speed burning or building reactions in the body according to need. They are a specialized protein.
Protein is one of the three macronutrients that the body needs (the body also needs fat and carbohydrates). Protein is used to make hormones and enzymes that are used for a number of different functions. For instance, the enzymes are used to digest food, to make new cells, to create neurotransmitters, to create the RNA and DNA and to regulate sleep and ovulation.
The three primary digestive enzymes are protease, lipase and amylase which digest, respectively, protein, fat (lipids), and carbohydrates (which includes sugars).
Professor Jackson of the Dept. of Anatomy, University of Minnesota, has shown that rats fed for 135 days on an 80 percent cooked food diet resulted in an increase pancreatic weight of 20 to 30 percent. Because, the pancreas is forced to work harder with a cooked food diet.
Dr. Edward Howell, the pioneer researcher in benefits of food enzymes:wrote, “Although the body can manufacture enzymes, the more you use your enzyme potential, the faster it is going to run out…” A youth of 18 may produce amylase levels 30 times greater than those of an 85 year old person. (Dr. Howell is talking about telomeres more in another post!)
Enzymes make seeds sprout. Sprouts are, in fact, one of the richest sources of enzymes. Other excellent sources are papaya, pineapple and the aspergillus plant. Science cannot duplicate enzymes, because they are the stuff of life itself. Only raw food has functional “live” enzymes. Therefore the liver, pancreas, stomach and intestines must come to the rescue and furnish the requisite digestive enzymes to the individual nourished solely on a cooked food diet.
This extra activity can be detrimental to health and longevity because it continually taxes the reserve energy of our organs. Not to mention cooked food passes through the digestive tract more slowly than raw food. Cooked food tends to ferment, and throws poisons back into the body. Colon cancer is second only to lung cancer as a killer in America and is related, in various ways, to eating enzyme-deficient cooked food.
White blood cell count rises significantly after ingesting a meal of canned or cooked foods (“digestive leukocytosis”).
Elevated WBCs are correlated to bacterial infection, inflammation and depressed immunity. Raw foods do not produce this reaction. All raw foods contain exactly the right enzymes required to split every last molecule into the basic building blocks of metabolism: Amino acids (from protein), glucose (from complex carbohydrates) and essential fatty acids (from unsaturated vegetable fats).
Right now you are what you ate: Eat living foods at least once daily!
The secret to living longer, happier, and healthier is eat something raw. SHhhhh Pass it on!! More about that in another post!
Let thy food be thy medicine! Hippocrates