Raw food diets
Raw foodists argue the cooking process harms naturally occurring enzymes, vitamins and minerals. But our stomach acids destroy enzymes in the same way, and some nutrients, like carotene in carrots, are actually easier for our bodies to absorb when heat breaks down the outer layer surrounding the vitamin. While it’s true many fruits and vegetables are more vitamin-packed when raw, you can benefit simply by adding more salads and fresh veggies to your diet.
A raw food diet is difficult to do well, as sprouting beans and lentils is time consuming. Many raw foodists “end up consuming a lot of fat (from foods like avocado and coconut) and carbohydrates, but not a lot of protein,” says Nielsen.