This was actually an email sent to me by Tonya Zavasta. When I first read this title, I must admit it “peaked” my curiosity. It made me wonder if what I have been doing over the past year was totally all wrong? Well — my perception was wrong. Here’s another reason why eating RAW is good for you.
Well, you survived the apocalypse and the holidays – don’t push your luck. Have another look at raw foods!
Alexander Ugolev, a famous Russian scientist who devoted his life to studying human digestive physiology, conducted an interesting experiment using two dead frogs: one cooked and one raw. He placed each into a beaker filled with a carnivore’s stomach acid (principally hydrochloric acid, HCl) and recorded the results. The raw frog was completely dissolved, while the cooked frog underwent only a moderate surface change and remained largely intact.
The way most of us have conceived the digestive process since junior high school “health” classes is something like this: Food goes in…body’s acidic gastric juices go to work…juices break down food…body absorbs the good stuff, expels the bad stuff. Implicit here is the notion that food itself is passive in all this, that food gets digested, but doesn’t itself do anything.
Ugolev showed that (apart from the most obvious mode of digestion via our own digestive enzymes) there is also a process of self-digestion of food-“autolysis” is the technical term-carried out by enzymes within the food itself. Here’s the key: While ordinary digestion takes place no matterwhat we put into our mouths, autolysis happens only when the food we consume is raw.
We do not digest by gastric juices alone. Every living cell is equipped to self-destruct when the conditions for that process are met. The agents of that self-destruction: those very enzymes which are part of every cell’s makeup. A seed, for example, when soaked, uses its activated enzymes to digest the nutrients inside, providing the new seedling with the boost of energy it needs to grow. The seed itself ceases to exist, while the seedling takes off and becomes a new plant. Or think about the carcass of a dead animal: Give it some time, and it will be literally “digested” by its own enzymatic activity, initiated from within.
author of 7 books on achieving superb health and long lasting beauty through the raw food lifestyle.