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Benefits of Uncooked Foods
Story by BLAIR TELLERS
Eating more raw foods may aid in weight loss. Some research shows the amount of food we eat is partially regulated by volume — when stretch receptors in the stomach and intestines are activated, we feel full. Foods rich in water, like fruits and vegetables, have fewer calories relative to their volume, possibly bringing on a sense of satisfaction with fewer calories. Another theory is that the body continues to search for nutrients when we eat junk food, leading to increased calorie consumption. Keep in mind that not all raw foods are low in calories — nuts are among the most calorie-dense foods.
A diet based on fruits, vegetables, sprouts, nuts, seeds and grains is naturally high in fiber. Fiber helps regulate blood sugar, helps lower cholesterol and hastens the flow of food through the digestive system. (Plant-based foods contain no cholesterol and generally low levels of saturated fats.)
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