Welcome to the Q&A video series where I answer questions from viewers like you. Today's question is...
"I've always wanted to know the views on raw vegan or cook vegan which is better?
So here's the short answer: I personally think there's no reason to eat a fully raw vegan diet.
Yes, cooking will destroy some nutrients. For example, vitamin C will break down when heated to 375 degrees. However cooking actually increases the bioavailability (the degree of which food nutrients are absorbed and utilized in the body) of some other nutrients. For example, eating spinach cooked will help you absorb more calcium, iron, and magnesium. And when you eat cooked tomatoes, you absorb more of their cancer-fighting antioxidant lycopene.
Another reason why I prefer a cooked vegan diet is that I find it hard enough as it is to get enough calories from a whole-foods, vegan diet. If you went all raw, you may find yourself meal planning more often, having to find time to eat large portions of food throughout the day, and needing to take supplements just to get enough energy and nutrients. I say this because those following a raw vegan diet have been found to be deficient in energy, protein, vitamin B12, D, calcium, selenium, and zinc.
In summary, a raw vegan diet is not better than a whole-foods, vegan diet, and a combination of raw and cooked plant foods should be eaten.
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