Raw Food Vs Cooked Food

When it comes to the raw food-cooked food debate I side with the traditional Chinese dietary therapy approach. i.e. most people should mostly eat cooked foods.

Chinese doctors have been studying food and its effect on the body for over 2000 years. According to the Chinese way cooking is a kind of pre-digestion process that makes it easier for digestion to occur.

Cold, raw foods require more digestive power to break them down, especially hard, fibrous foods like carrot, celery and broccoli. Raw vegetables and fruits also have a cooling effect on your body.

When consumed excessively they can weaken your digestive system. This is particularly true as you get older and it can cause problems like abdominal bloating, indigestion, watery stools and fatigue.

I am not saying you should never eat fruit or salads. I am saying if you mostly eat these kinds of foods and you have problems like those above, then consider eating more cooked meals.

Suitable cooking methods are steaming and stir-frying as they cook foods quickly and lightly while still retaining plenty of nutrients.

For more on the traditional Chinese way of eating see my Chinese Diet Report in the Articles section of the site.

Chinese Diet Report

All the best,


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Matthew Scott is a professionally trained Chinese medicine practitioner from Australia. In 2000, after ten years in professional practice, Matthew went to China to further his studies for a few months. He’s been there ever since, immersed in the culture, raising a family and showing people worldwide the Chinese way of health.

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