Fact or Myth?
Can a raw-food diet provide the essential enzymes for a healthy digestion?
It is true that raw foods are unprocessed and therefore get nothing taken away through the cooking process, but the enzymes that are reserved, which many claim to cause a boost in the digestive system by preserving vital plant enzymes, do not seem very influential in the body.
The reason, those enzymes are made for the survival of plants, and not an essential component of human health.
Heating foods above 118 F inactivates plant enzymes, but the plant enzymes that remain intact when foods are eaten raw still don’t have much effect on the human body; because of the digestive system, more specifically our stomach’s acids, are extremely efficient at breaking down proteins.
Even when some living microorganisms, like the ones found on sauerkraut, remain intact and get all the way to the small intestine their overall contribution to human digestion seems to be minimal.
Eating a raw-food diet does not have any proven positive effect on the healthiness of human digestion.