To function correctly the human body needs nutrients. We get the nutrients we need from the food we eat – or do we? The majority of people will cook their food, and this simple everyday action will rob them of the valuable nutrients the food contains in its raw state.
It’s little wonder that so many people are faced with digestive problems, when the majority of food they eat is consumed in such a way as to make it harder for their bodies to digest. The chemistry of food is altered when it’s cooked, and this is what causes the problems.
Raw food contains much more fibre than cooked food, and a higher water content. Constipation will be avoided, and our cells and circulatory system will function much better if we eat more raw, because blood flow will increase and any obstructions will be cleared.
It is very important for blood to flow properly in our bodies in order to remove poisonous metabolites, and so oxygen and nutrients reach our living cells.
The way we generally prepare our meals, i.e. by cooking our food, will pretty much mean you cannot avoid overeating. The diet industry is huge, but obesity has reached almost epidemic proportions.
You should eat at least 75% raw food in order for your body to receive the amount of nutrients it really needs. You can eat and eat and feel “stuffed”, but it doesn’t mean that your body is truly satisfied.
People with sluggish metabolisms will benefit greatly from eating raw food because the body uses more energy. This is healthier way of the body using energy, instead of it using that energy attempting to rid itself of the toxins cooked food produces. Each and every cell will be fed from the oxygen, enzymes, fluid and vitamins raw food gives.
Once your body receives the nutrients it really needs, your brain will stop sending signals that make you think you need to eat, so you will naturally lose weight. Quality and not quantity is what our bodies need.
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How many calories are in a food sample? We can find out by burning a potato chip, causing it to release energy. This will be absorbed by water in a calorimeter, so we will then calculate how much energy the water absorbed, using an equation for heat energy, specific heat, mass, and change in temperature (delta temperature). We will also calculate the Calories per gram and Calories per serving, and then calculate percent error to find out how far off out experimental numbers were from the real values.
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