While going to a 100% raw diet (which means steering clear of any food heated to about 115° or more) can be daunting, there are undeniable benefits from including more uncooked foods in your training diet.
All About Those Vitamins
For starters, loading up on raw fruits and vegetables will flood your body with a larger dose of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which can improve muscle recovery and strength. Most raw veggies are also low in calories and high in fiber, which can be ideal for folks trying to slim down in a healthy way.
More good news for your future six-pack: in a new study by Harvard scientists determined that
cooking increases the amount of energy your body absorbs from food. Think of it like this: cooking food performs some of the digestion for you, so your body doesn’t expend as much energy in the digestive process. Eating raw food puts your body to work! So the calories gained from raw spinach or beef tartare could very well be less than from the same portion of cooked spinach or hamburger. Don’t worry, you will never struggle to open a pickle jar again!
There Are Options
But you don’t have to shut of your stove permanently if you’re trying to reap the benefits of raw foods. Instead, simply look for opportunities to work more raw foods into your diet. Mix berries into your oatmeal and raw almonds into your Greek yogurt. Use large leafy greens, like collards or Swiss chard for sandwiches. Raw salsas can gussy up chicken, and grated raw kohlrabi or zucchini makes a perfect base for meat sauce without using starchy pasta. And if you are feeling cheap, you can even elevate convenience items like frozen pizza by adding raw vegetables.
Don’t doubt what changing to a raw diet can do for you!
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