Juicing and Raw Foods

Function of Food Enzymes

October 24, 2011
Function of Food Enzymes

Raw foods provide the body with live enzymes which are protein molecules that play a role digesting food, building protein cells in the bones and skin, aiding in detoxification and weight loss.

Enzymes in raw foods are destroyed by heat:

Most raw food is very perishable so when raw foods are exposed to temperatures above 118 degrees, they start to break down.  Enzymes help us digest our food.

Cooking destroys food enzymesOnce enzymes are exposed to heat, they are no longer able to provide the function for which they were designed. Cooked foods contribute to chronic illness, because their enzyme content is damaged and thus requires us to make our own enzymes to process the food. The digestion of cooked food uses valuable metabolic enzymes in order to help digest your food. Digestion of cooked food demands much more energy than the digestion of raw food. In general, raw food is so much more easily digested that it passes through the digestive tract in 1/2 to 1/3 of the time it takes for cooked food.

Eating enzyme-dead food also places a burden on various organs, which eventually exhausts them. Many people gradually impair their pancreas and progressively lose the ability to digest their food after a lifetime of ingesting processed foods.  Symptoms of digestive enzymes depletion are bloating, belching, gas, bowel disorders, abdominal cramping, heartburn and food allergies.

Food that will help heal the Pancreas:

  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Broccoli
  • Garlic
  • Red Grapes
  • Red Reishi Mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Tofu
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Yogurt
  • Tomato Soup

Raw foods and digestive 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. The human body produces about 22 different digestive enzymes which are capable of digesting carbohydrates, protein and fats.

Sprouted seeds

Sprouted foods and enzymes:

While all raw foods contain enzymes, the most powerful enzyme-rich food is sprouted seeds, grains, and legumes. Sprouting increases the enzyme content in these foods enormously.

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