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Healthy Diet Series: Raw Food vs Processed Food

By: Lola Frailey Wednesday March 4, 2020 comments Tags: superfood, noni superfood, superveggies, superfruits, healthy eating


Did you know? We are the only species that is overweight. 

Think about it: All other wild creatures consume a steady diet of raw foods while humans consume cooked processed foods. Also, wild animals eat when hungry- humans tend to eat by the “clock” or habit. 

What’s So Special about Raw Foods?

Conventional farming techniques (chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and GMOs) makes up a large percentage of today's food supply. This allows farmers to produce food in high quantities, however the food contains little nutritional value compared to food grown 20 or 30 years ago.

Choosing organically grown or growing your own food organically are some of the best ways to obtain high quality/high nutrition food. Learn how to start an organic garden here!

What Happens When We Cook Food?

When foods are cooked, some of the enzymes, vitamins and minerals necessary for good health are destroyed. 

Health Benefits of Eating Raw Food

Incorporating more raw food in an individual’s diet has also been linked to increased energy levels and overall better health. Ed Douglas (director of the American Living Foods Institute) believes the human body was not meant to consume cooked food. Discover which foods are more nutritious cooked here!

Raw Foods May Improve Heart Health

The Journal of Nutrition stated that a diet of raw foods can lower both cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the body.

Raw foods contain high levels of: 

  • Potassium
  • Zinc
  • Natural antioxidants
  • Magnesium
  • Fiber 
  • Phytochemicals

Did you know? Studies report that vegans may experience up to a 75% lower risk of developing high blood pressure. Click here for more on maintaining healthy blood pressure levels

Raw Foods May Reduce Risk of Diabetes

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, are linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. This is because raw fruits and veggies are rich in fiber. Fiber is linked to lower blood sugar levels and increased insulin sensitivity. Fiber also aids the body in collecting, and removing waste.

Did you know? One recent review study linked vegetarian and vegan diets to a 12% lower risk of type 2 diabetes.

Raw Foods May Aid Weight Loss

A raw plant-based diet can be effective when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off.

Studies consistently link raw food diets to lower BMIs. Click for simple weight loss tips anyone can do!

Did you know? A study involving individuals consuming a raw vegan diet enjoyed a total body fat percentage 7–9.4% lower than those eating a typical American diet.

Raw Foods Contain Beneficial Enzymes

As mentioned at the beginning of this blog, raw food contains more beneficial enzymes than cooked food. The pancreas helps produce enzymes to aid in digestion (endogenous enzymes) and raw foods supply exogenous enzymes. The more exogenous enzymes we consume, the easier it is on our digestive system to utilize nutrients. Over time, diets high in processed food (and other factors hard on the body such as stress and smoking) can cause poor digestion, inflammation, and enzyme depletion. To avoid destroying the beneficial enzymes in your food, temperatures should be kept below 118F. To put this into perspective, the temperature of boiling water is 212F, and baking is usually at 350F. 

Did you know? The temperature at which a food starts to be depleted of nutrients due to cooking is called the “heat labile point.”

The Issue with Processed Food

Processed foods are mostly made from ingredients that are over refined or synthetic.

These ingredients include:

  • Refined sugars 
  • Processed oils
  • GMOs
  • Artificial and natural colors and flavors
  • Synthetic vitamins and minerals
  • Artificial and natural preservatives

The final product contains little to no nutrients or beneficial enzymes. Therefore, a raw food approach can help an individual avoid unnatural additives, decreasing the toxic load on the body, and achieve maximum nutrition status. 

Have You Heard of Raw Food Noni?

Noni Fruit Leather (a raw food) is a potent superfood. Packed with over 165 beneficial compounds, including vitamins, minerals, flavonoids and 17 out of 20 essential amino acids (including all 9 of the essential making it a complete protein). When processing raw noni fruit, we never let the fruit ferment and keep our dehydrators lower than 115 degrees Fahrenheit, so the enzymes, antioxidants, and other vitamins stay intact. When it comes to choosing noni, we have you covered!



Lola Frailey

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