Including plenty of raw foods at each meal (or as often as possible) is an excellent way to ensure that you aren’t missing out on nutrients that your body needs. Raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and even legumes are filled with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and tons of phytochemicals that are too numerous to list – but they all play an important role in maintaining good health.
While cooking some foods like tomatoes can make some of their nutrients, such as lycopene, more easily absorbed by the body, cooking tends to destroy some of the natural enzymes (albeit not all of them!) within raw fruits and vegetables that we need for proper digestion. In addition to the fact that they’re packed with nutrients and beneficial enzymes, there are a host of other great reasons to fill up on raw foods.
Here are just a few more reasons raw foods are so darn good for you: