nothing but good stuff. really.
Throughout the book, Ani has little icons for tips and tidbits. The first is about apple cider vinegar, citing animal studies about the beneficial effects of consuming ACV on elevated cholesterol and glucose contro, as well as it being a good source of potassium and calcium (for heart function, and strong bones and weight-control). She adds that it is fermented, hence a good source of probiotics and those, she says, make short work of belly fat. Last but not least, other benefits include the use of ACV for sunburn reliever.
Next she goes to discuss the dangers in boxed food – food that is processed and packaged. With raw foods you know what you’re getting, as does your body, which doesn’t really comprehend fake foods. And by fake foods she means things like MSG, hydrolyzed everything, and hydrogenated fats. So it becomes a question of what message do we want to convey to our bodies. Any additive is an unnecessary additive, bottom line. She asks that we consider this: all the money spent on processing, manufacturing, packaging, marketing, advertising and distributing these “foods” come at an expense: we’re getting shortchanged on the actual whole food. I often look at how cheap supermarket food really is, and clearly the cost of food in a prepared frozen dinner, for example, is minimal; it’s scary to consider the quality of food that goes into a frozen dinner that costs two bucks.
Moving right along — Ani continues to dispense raw truths. She makes the argument that if one hates cooking, wouldn’t they choose raw anyway. Honestly we consider preparing raw foods as involved as cooking; and if you’re just warming up leftovers, it’s far less work than peeling and chopping and blending and juicing and soaking etc etc. HOWEVER! The main reason to eat raw is for health, and hopefully eating raw will generate enough energy in these tired bods to take pleasure in preparing the foods.
So here are the 10 Raw Truths according to Ani:
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