Anything that is heated beyond 104°F to 108°F (40°C - 42°C) is no longer considered raw. “Raw” simply means no baking, no steaming, no frying, and no cooking.
© CC0, RitaE, PixabayThere seems to be great lack of clarity around the idea of what a raw food diet really is. In any case, we are always amazed as to how often a raw food diet is confused with a vegetarian diet. And people often believe that all a person has to do to be a raw foodist is to eat their fruits and vegetables raw.
They are then very surprised to hear that being a raw foodist also means that you don’t eat any bread, chocolate, spaghetti, or other cooked or baked foods.
And the reason why you shouldn’t do these things is easy:
This means that heating foods results in molecular divisions and also in the formation of new chemicals, with the latter likely being more harmful for our body than the divisions.
However, we can only eat certain starch sources, such as potatoes, in larger quantities after they have been cooked, and cooking destroys toxins that occur naturally in beans.