Rhio (excerpt from her book, Hooked
Cooked foods cannot create true health because
they are missing some very vital elements needed by the body for its
optimal functioning; things like enzymes, oxygen, hormones, phytochemicals,
bio-electrical energy and life-force. When foods are heated above 105° F
they begin to lose all of these. By 118° F, most food is dead.
Yes, the vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats and proteins are still
there, but in a greatly altered state – not at all what nature
Each cell of the body is like a tiny battery, and raw and living foods supply
the bio-electricity which charges these batteries. The bio-electrical energy
of raw food can be clearly seen in Kirlian photographs of the food. This photographic
process shows electrical discharges that naturally emanate from all living things
as luminescent, aura-like flares surrounding the subject. The glow is bright
and radiant in raw foods, yet almost totally absent in Kirlian photographs of
comparable cooked foods.
To me "life-force" means "the energy that is able to create life." The
sprouting ability of raw foods demonstrates the presence of the life-force within
them. All grains, legumes, beans and seeds sprout. Nuts in the shell sprout.
Potatoes sprout and create new potato plants. (Do not eat potato sprouts as they
are poisonous.) If you stick the top part of a pineapple into water, it will
sprout roots. Apple seeds create apple trees. Avocado pits and mango pits sprout.
Now, take cooked versions of all the above, put them into soil and see if a plant
will grow. Cooked food rots, rather than sprouts, and a new plant does not come
forth. Through observation, you can easily demonstrate for yourself what you
are losing by eating cooked foods. A food that is cooked cannot create life and
cannot maintain the life-force energy in our bodies.
Cooking food disrupts its molecular structure and kills all the enzymes too.
Enzymes are the indispensable catalysts which enable the body to utilize vitamins
and minerals. (Think of enzymes as the workmen and vitamins and minerals as the
bricks and mortar. Without the workmen, the bricks and mortar don't get put into
place.) Enzymes are extremely heat-sensitive and thus do not survive in cooked
foods. The vitamins and phytochemicals also are injured, greatly diminished,
and left in an altered molecular state. The minerals are made less soluble. The
fats have turned from life enhancing cis fatty acids to trans fatty acids, which
create damaging free radicals in the body. Trans fatty acids also interfere with
respiration of the cells. The proteins (including vegetable proteins), become
denatured; they then coagulate (like the white of an egg) and are very difficult
to digest. Some researchers report that unmetabolized protein particles in the
bloodstream are a possible cause of allergies.
When you eat cooked (enzymeless) foods, you put a heavy burden on your body,
which then has to produce the enzymes missing in the food. One of the reasons
you feel lethargic or sleepy after a cooked meal is because the body is diverting
its energy to replacing the enzymes that were not supplied. By comparison, a
raw food meal leaves you feeling light and full of energy. You can judge this
for yourself. Uncooked foods digest in 1/3 to 1/2 the time of cooked foods. The
stress of creating and replacing enzymes, meal after meal, day after day, year
after year, greatly contributes to accelerated aging.
Ingesting cooked food also causes the body to produce a surge of white blood
cells (leukocytosis). These cells normally defend against disease, infection
and injury to the body, but their production is a routine effect of ingesting
cooked foods (as if the body considers such food a threat or danger). Because
leukocytes carry a variety of enzymes, there is another possible explanation
for the increase in white blood cells. The leukocytes may be delivering the missing
enzymes so that digestion can proceed unhindered. Leukocytosis does not occur
when raw, unheated foods are eaten. A ccording to Viktoras Kulvinskas,5 "in
any pathological condition, including the intoxification of the digestive system
with cooked food or other toxic materials, these white cells increase from 5
or 6 thousand per cubic millimeter to 7, 8 or 9 thousand per cu.m.m." Leukocytosis
also occurs when additives, pesticides and chemically based supplements are ingested.
And, of course, producing these cells creates an additional stress upon the body.
Raw foods are full of oxygen, especially green leafy vegetables which contain
an abundance of chlorophyll. The chemical structure of chlorophyll is almost
identical to the hemoglobin in our red blood cells. The only difference is that
the hemoglobin molecule has iron in its nucleus and the chlorophyll molecule
has magnesium. Chlorophyll detoxifies the bloodstream and every other part of
the body better than anything else you could eat. When you eat raw green chlorophyll
foods, you oxygenate the blood. The bloodstream, through its capillary system,
then delivers this oxygen to every cell in your body. And when you eat greens
in blended form, such as in Dr. Ann’s Energy Soups (se e Recipe Index),
this process is even more efficient.
Sprouted seeds contain vital elements which nourish our glands, nerves and brain.
The hormones needed by the body are created out of the natural fat and other
essential principles found in seeds. Think about how few seeds are found in the
average diet. The plant breeders are hybridizing most of the seeds out of our
foods. Now we can get seedless watermelons, seedless grapes, seedless citrus,
and the list goes on. Even if we did find a seed, most of us don't understand
the value of eating it and thus, it would be discarded.
When you eat cooked starch, the body absorbs more than it needs. Getting rid
of the excess starch then becomes another burden to the body. Those who favor
cooked foods often make the point that since the body cannot absorb raw starch,
this is a sign the food should be cooked. Another way to look at it, however,
is that the body absorbs just enough of the raw starch for its needs and then
passes out the rest. (When pig farmers feed their pigs raw potatoes, the pigs
stay slender. Since farmers sell their pigs by the pound, they have learned to
feed them cooked potatoes, which fattens them up.)
Cellulose – the woody, fibrous part of food – was previously believed
to be unnecessary to the body. Because the body did not absorb it, it wasn't
deemed important. Now we know that this fiber is what keeps things moving through
our body so that we don't become constipated. Nature is vindicated again! I believe,
in addition, that raw fiber has the ability to act as a broom which sweeps the
intestinal tract and keeps it clean. Cooked fiber has lost the ability to do
this for us. Enemas and colonics serve their purpose, but they are a poor substitute
for what nature, by putting (raw) fiber into foods, has provided.
Raw and live foods nourish and improve the body's inner environment. Raw and
live foods enable the body to dislodge and expel accumulated wastes. A member
of my family had a tiny sliver of metal lodged in his hand as a result of an
accident. For two years he tried to get it out by squeezing, pushing, and probing
with sterilized needles, etc., but it wouldn't budge. He went to the Optimum
Health Institute (to learn about live foods) for a week and, when he returned
home, decided he would continue on raw foods. Four weeks later, a bubble formed
on his hand and inside the bubble was the sliver of metal. This is an example
of what raw and live foods do. If something is not supposed to be in your body,
it will be expelled.
Eating cooked food prevents the immune system from working on what is really
important in keeping us superbly healthy and young in body, mind and soul. We
exhaust and dissipate the body's strength by using the immune system to combat
the unnatural cooked foods, chemically based supplements, pesticides, herbicides,
fungicides, hormones (in meats, poultry, fish and dairy) and numerous other toxins
we ingest, breathe in or absorb through our skin. When we really need the immune
system to support us (as when a disease or infection develops or an injury occurs),
it then lacks the strength to defend us properly.
Eating healthy means giving your body power foods it can easily assimilate and
use for regeneration and rejuvenation. Life comes from life. So the more foods
you eat which are organic and straight from nature's raw gar den, the better
you are going to feel.