Consuming raw fruit and vegetables can be a beneficial part of a healthy balanced diet.
There are schools of thought that suggest cooking agitates the natural structure of food, “robbing it of its essential nutritional value.”
This comment seems to be logical when you think of nuking your food in a microwave or if you look at the green nutritious water you throw away after boiling your veg.
Some studies actually conclude that an intake of raw fruits and vegetables is associated with better mental health, especially when compared with the intake of processed fruits and vegetables.
Overall research seems to show that a mixed diet of cooked and uncooked food is easier to maintain and more beneficial than an all-cooked or all-raw diet.
Food Revolution Network provide a great summary in their article stating – “While raw food diets have been found to give remarkable results in the short-term, they are difficult to follow. Raw diets are also typically time-intensive — and they don’t seem to support long-term health.”
To add a daily portion of raw fruit to your diet or to brighten up a buffet table, try making this really simple tropical fruit salad.
Serves: 4 – 6 people.
Preparation Time: 5 – 10 minutes to prepare.
- 2 skinned and chopped oranges
- 2 skinned and chopped kiwis
- 1 handful of raspberries
- 1 handful of blackberries
- 1 handful of blueberries
- 1 handful of seedless black grapes halved
- 1 chopped peach
- 5 copped strawberries
Plus a mixture of all of your other favourite fruits including grapefruit, pineapple, melon, apple, pear, plumb, etc.
- Peel and chop oranges, kiwis, grapes, peach and strawberries into small pieces.
- Place all fruit into a bowl and mix thoroughly
- Cover and chill for 1 hour.
Please let us know how you get on with this recipe!
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