Eating Raw Food
Eating raw food has become a globally recognized phenomenon. The benefits of a diet high in raw vegetables include better heart health, less back and neck pain, and much more. One of the most exciting new fields of study into the raw foods phenomena is the ability of a living foods diet to prevent and possibility even reverse cancerous growth.
Preventing Cancer Naturally
Most of the current research into eating raw food and cancer focuses on cancer prevention, not a cure for cancer. Studies at major universities and at the United States Academy of Science are showing that raw food diets are making a dent in the number of diagnosed cancer cases.
The number of new cancer cases diagnosed every year in the United States alone is astounding. An average of more than 180,000 new cases of breast cancer is diagnosed every year and experts are beginning to connect lifestyle choices, such as diet and exercise, to this massive number.
With no 100 percent effective cure available for any form of cancer it is important to look toward ways we can prevent cancer. And, one of the most impressive and effective ways to prevent many forms of cancer has been found to be a raw diet.
Why Raw Food?
The insistence on raw foods may seem a bit unusual to some people. But, once you understand the reasoning it makes perfect sense. Scientists have found that cooking food destroys important nutrients – nutrients that could lead to the prevention of cancer.
Once this fact is recognized the next step is to begin eating raw food. Isolated cell studies show over and over again that raw foods, not cooked foods, have amazing health benefits, among them the ability to prevent severe illnesses such as cancer.
Which Raw Foods?
With the hundreds of raw fruits and vegetables available you will have to differentiate between the ones that have cancer preventing capabilities. Here is a short listing of some of the major cancer preventing substances and the raw vegetables and fruits that provide them.
- Carotenoids. These important substances come in several forms. Beta carotene is found in carrots and sweet potatoes, lycopene is found in tomatoes, and lutien is found in leafy greens like kale, spinach, mustard greens, and more. Some of these carotenoids can also be changed into a form of vitamin A. Known as pro vitamin acarotenoids, it can be found in cantaloupe, carrots, and sweet potatoes.
- Vitamin C. Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C is found in many fruits and vegetables. Almost all citrus fruits, green peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, melons, and even strawberries contain high amounts of vitamin C.
- Vitamin E. Vitamin E is found in broccoli, cilantro, turnip greens, avocados, spinach, blueberries, olives, and nuts among other fresh foods.
- Folic Acid. Folic acid is important for women of childbearing age and as a cancer preventing agent. It is found in leafy, green vegetables, lima beans, broccoli, beets, and asparagus.
- Dietary Fiber. Known for good digestion, dietary fiber also acts to lower your risk of cancer. You can find it in cereals, fruits, and vegetables. Apples, blackberries, oranges, and broccoli are especially high in fiber.
- Selenium. This little known mineral is found naturally in some ground soils. Eating raw food grown in soil containing this mineral is said to prevent cancer. An example is garlic grown in soil that has a high density of selenium.
Eating raw food is the best way to get the most minerals and vitamins from your food. Start a raw food, cancer preventative diet today by adding raw foods to your current diet. Over time you can add more and living foods until you are eating raw food at the recommended percentage of 75 %.
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