Saturday, October 24, 2015

Food ~ To be or not to be Raw

Some many people are driven by health scares into eating raw 'organic'. There is nothing wrong with any food that has been grown or raised organic. There is nothing wrong with eating fresh fruits and vegetables eaten in their 'raw' state - uncooked. And, there is nothing wrong with eating them cooked either. However, for some like myself (an IBS sufferer), I/we have to be very careful eating raw foods as many fruits and veggies are soluble and insoluble fibers which for me are like wads of yarn trying to get my intestine.

If you are like me, then you know what I am talking about. You see, fiber comes in two main varieties — soluble and insoluble. During digestion, soluble fiber dissolves in water and turns into a kind of gooey, gummy consistency — think what happens to oatmeal after it sits in a pot of water for a time. Insoluble fiber is tougher. It doesn’t dissolve and pretty much keeps its form - ball of yarn.

Although insoluble fiber is generally healthy, it can be hard on the intestines of people with IBS. Insoluble fiber food moves quickly through the colon, something that many diarrhea-predominant IBS sufferers want to avoid. People with constipation-predominant IBS may want to experiment with how much insoluble fiber they can eat without experiencing too much gas and bloating.

That is why the best foods for IBS health are those that are gentle on the digestive system and encourage “smooth passage” through the intestines. Thus, vegetables, fruit, and whole grains — it pains me to say — should be limited. It’s hard to imagine I just said that! Truth be told, these healthful foods are a bit hard for the body to break down. Like me, you should probably cook vegetables and even some fruits i.e. I cannot eat raw apples but I am good with applesauce and I am good with cooked meat and chicken 'organic'...

There is plenty of nutrition in cooked foods; especially, when cooked 'brainy' properly.

"All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble." ~Romans 14:20


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