Snow Bunnies May Like Raw Food, but for Peeps, Some Food Needs to be Cooked!
Welcome back to another Weekend Gourmet blog carnival! We actually had a little snow sprinkles here in the DC area this weekend (nothing stuck). I hear some parts of the country may have had bigger snowfalls! Winter certainly reminds us of the importance of a warm and loving family, and hot, home cooked meals!
In this day and age, when raw food diets are all the rage, it is important to remind people that there are important benefits to cooked foods. Some foods need to be cooked for greater assimilation and easier digestion, and to neutralize anti-nutrients. Dark leafy greens like kale, and tough vegetables like broccoli are an example.
Folks with poor digestion and frequent bouts of gas may find that eliminating raw salads from their diet may help. When I was a child, raw vegetables were called “roughage,” and it was widely known that they were hard on the digestive tract. Today, that traditional wisdom has been lost, and lots of people are eating salads like they are going out of style, and then struggling with digestive issues and wondering why.
Before you go on medication for your digestive distress, why not consider learning more about how to eat? I heartily recommend reading the first 30 pages of Nourishing Traditions cookbook by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig for a good primer on food and nutrition.
Meanwhile, check out these cool recipes by my favorite bloggers!
Bloggers, please share your recipes, below, and link back to this post. If you have written a post about the benefits of cooked food, please share it, also! Please introduce yourself in the comments, also, so my readers will be inspired to check out your blog!
Readers, you are invited to share your thoughts on the subject and any relevant links in the comments, also!
Here is Mr. Linky!