We all know that the best foods to set on the table for our families are fresh and natural foods, preferably freshly-picked from our own backyard organic garden. We would even catch our own fish if we can, or have eggs straight out of our own poultry. Yet all these may simply be wishful thinking given our real situation-living in cramped apartments with nary a space for gardens and pursuing hectic jobs which leave us with not enough time to do our own cooking. And so after office hours, with heavy steps, we lumber down to our kitchen, peer mindlessly in the ref and pantry and settle on packaged foods for dinner.
We know too well the danger of regular consumption of packaged foods. These industrial foods are high in sodium, bad fats, sugar, artificial colors, synthetic flavors and preservatives what to eat to treat an upset stomach
. Through the years, many more chemicals are being added to packaged foods-acidulants, texture enhancers, anti-caking agents and all other strange chemicals.
Thankfully, though, there have also been a few good men in the packaged food industry. There are now packaged foods which have redeeming values. There are packaged foods made of organically-grown meat and produce. There are packaged items which are low in the unhealthy ingredients and fortified with nutrients.
Ever wondered that why is it that we eat some foods raw and some that we cook before eating. The health myth around it is that cooking the food kills bacteria and it is not safe to eat it raw. Firstly not all foods can be eaten raw for eg. meats. Meats can’t be eaten raw as it might contain the bacteria borne by the animal itself and need to be boiled and cooked to free it of the bacteria. Secondly it’s completely healthy to eat raw or slightly cooked vegetables as not only that they are healthiest in their natural form but each of these vegetables have distinct flavors that can only be tasted when eaten raw. Overcooking the vegetables kills the enzymes present in it making it not so nutritious and good for the health and digestion.
Taste: Taste of raw food is most natural than that of the food which is cooked. Their core idea is that enzymes are still active in raw food whereas they’re denatured, hence inactive, in cooked food. Taste of cooked food can be made according to your choice and taste buds but not necessarily it is healthy and nutritious due to addition of oil and spices in it. Raw food give a more natural taste. Imagine eating cool cucumber, creamy avocado or a ripe tomato!
Digestion: Raw foods are rich in enzymes. Enzymes are needed for the digestive system to work. They are necessary to break down food particles so they can be utilized for energy. Raw fruits and vegetables are rich source in enzymes and breakdown carbohydrates, proteins and fats. While cooked food has lower levels of enzymes and in overcooked food it is completely lost which can cause bloating, belching, gas, bowel disorders, abdominal cramping, heartburn and food allergies.
Category: Food can be divided into nuts, seeds, pulses, beans, cereals, fruits, vegetable and meat products. Nuts, seeds, fruits, dairy products & vegetables can be eaten naturally and whereas as cereals, meats and pulses need to be slightly cooked to make it easier for digestion and process it. Cooked, processed and packaged food contains excess salt which is not natural for the arteries and blood pressure along with long-term health benefits like water retention.
Temperature: Foods like fresh fruits and vegetables are made up of living organism which gives a life span to the food. Food can not bear too much temperature and start to break down when overcooked. Cooking to a certain extent to soften it and kill the bacteria. Cooking at the right temperature gives you the option of mixing more than one ingredients in one dish so that you can enjoy your meal fast. Also, when not consuming store vegetables and fruits and other food in the refrigerator so that its life doesn’t deteriorate and keeps the bacteria away from developing.