Heritage Garden · Science and your health

Eating Raw

Eat me, am a raw cabbage

The Nature Seychelles Heritage Garden project promotes eating raw stuff that is grown in our gardens. Now Kenyan Doctor Dr Nyokabi Musila says that eating raw foods should be given a fair chance.  There are  good reasons for cooking foods  such as killing harmful bacteria in meat, for example. However, at the extreme end of the spectrum, cancer-causing toxins are produced from charred red meat or burnt toast, and so these should be avoided, says Dr. Musila.

The ethos of eating raw is to consume unprocessed, living foods, which are usually produced organically, and thus absorb maximum nutritional content of these foods — all the vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, good bacteria, etc — and, in turn, gain maximum health benefits.

The raw food movement, however, is not to be embarked on as some would a fad diet to lose those extra nagging kilos or the ‘muffin top’ and ‘love handles’ that may confront you in the mirror says Dr. Musila, but as a lifestyle choice with the aim of promoting your well being and boosting energy levels.  Read his article in Kenya’s Daily Nation: http://www.nation.co.ke/Features/DN2/Who%20said%20you%20have%20to%20cook/-/957860/1058316/-/yk7w52/-/index.html

Nirmal Shah

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