Here’s a good article on some of the Reasons to Eat Raw Food:
There’s even more reasons than that too, such as looking younger after being on it for awhile (I’ve seen 65 year olds who looked like they were 40 and 50 year olds that looked like they were 30), combatting or preventing diseases (several centers such as Hippocrates cure cancer and other illnesses through raw food), reducing visability of scars after several years, you get to try new food/recipes, and more.
We are the only animal on the planet which cooks its food. Animals in nature don’t seem to have the extensive list of diseases that humans do, including obesity. Note: The consumption of cooked food causes digestive leukocytosis (sometimes spelled leucocytosis,) which is the sudden increase of white blood cells in the bloodstream after consuming cooked food. The presence of digestive leukocytosis suggests that consuming cooked food is foreign to the human body. It also suggests that the consumption of cooked food compromises the immune system.
And food prepared using conventional cooking methods destroys up to 80% of that food’s nutrition. Can you afford 80% less nutrition than is naturally found in your food?
Science proves that cooking not only destroys nutrition and enzymes, but chemically changes foods from the substances needed for health into free-radicals and poisons that destroy our health. Acrylamide and heterocyclic amines (HCAs) are possible carcinogens formed in high-heat cooking. Try to eat more raw food instead.
A RAW-FOOD DIET*
The following should be unprocessed and preferably organic:
- Fresh fruits
- Fresh vegetables
- Nuts, seeds and grains (all preferably soaked to reduce phytic acid which is an anti-nutrient)
- Legumes (peas, carob, etc.)
- Dried fruit
- Unprocessed organic or natural foods (ie: sprouts)
- Freshly juiced fruits and vegetables
- Purified water
- Young coconut milk
- *SOURCE: About.com: Alternative medicine