Archive for May, 2009

Demystifying Raw Food and Enzymes



I’m writing this post because for 2 years since my raw discovery, I lived by the basic understanding of the role of enzymes in the breakdown of food and the statement that is so often said by raw authors, that “raw food contains the enzymes and nutrients that are otherwise destroyed in cooked foods”. My knowledge of raw food and enzymes ended there and I never really understood why they are so important. So I got curious and decided to look it up. What I learned infused a new sense of fear (in a good way) in shortages of raw consumption into our diets. Have a read through and see if it does the same to you.


What is Raw Food?


Raw food, also known as living food is unprocessed and uncooked plant foods in the form of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.


What are Enzymes? What do They do?


When plant foods have been heated over 115F or 46C, enzymes and other much of essential nutrients are destroyed. This is plenty said by many raw authors and lecturers but in order to understand it better, I am excerpting Dr. Clement’s related article posted on his website where he wrote in clear explanation the role of enzymes for your body:


Our body have only limited supply of enzymes to maintain our bodily functions for a lifetime. The only backup source of enzymes will have to come from the food we eat, which had been killed in cooked foods. So when the enzyme counts drop low and not getting replenished, the body will have to seek last resort solution by robbing the enzyme reserves stored in glands, muscles, nerves, and blood to help aid the demanding digestive process of the body. This causes deficiency of enzymes in those areas. Many scientists believe that this is the real cause of allergies and diseases.  Dr. Edward Howell, an enzymologist states in his medical research that enzyme shortages are commonly seen in a number of chronic illnesses such as allergies, skin disorders, obesity, heart disease, as well as in aging and certain types of cancer.


The body depends on enzymes to heal, cleanse, and build, absolute and proven. Enzymes can only be replenished when raw or living foods are consumed where enzymes are then absorbed into the blood to reestablish normal blood-serum enzyme levels. Researchers conducted a study to track enzymes on from an enzyme-rich body by tagging enzyme supplements with radioactive die and traced them through the digestive tract. They discovered enzymes to be found in the liver, spleen, kidneys, heart, lungs, duodenum, and urine.


The breakdown of food is an essential process in converting food into energy. Without it, food remain undigested, with stored energy, and will pass through your system like a water-park slide. To simply state, Dr. Edward Howell says: “Without the Life energy of enzymes, we would be nothing more than a pile of Lifeless chemical substances — vitamins, minerals, water and proteins. In both maintaining health and in healing, enzymes and only enzymes do the actual work. They are what we call in metabolism, the body’s natural life force.”


I hope this post helps you in de-mystifying raw food by understanding what Enzymes do for your body. 



Until next post!




Behind Pareto Raw



The Pareto principle (also known as the 80-20 rule,[1] the law of the vital few and the principle of factor sparsity) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.

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