Raw food is all the rage these days. In case you're not up on your trends, raw foodists believe that cooking food above 115 degrees kills active enzymes responsible for food's revitalizing properties. So a raw diet generally means lots of fresh fruits and veggies, nuts, seeds, sprouted grains, sea vegetables, and fresh juices. While strict raw foodists have lower cholesterol and higher triglyceride levels than others, this probably has more to do with cutting out animal fats and processed foods. According to Luigi Fontana, M.D. Ph.D., of Washington University in St. Louis, "there is not really any scientific mechanism that makes eating raw food better than eating cooked food." In fact, strict raw foodists lack concentrated protein sources, and often are deficient in vitamin B12, zinc, calcium, and vitamin D. Also, some foods are definitely better for you when they're heated; for instance, tomatoes have more heart-healthy lycopene when they're hot.
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