What Ayurveda says
According to Ayurveda, not all foods are good for eating raw. You should only eat raw fruits, nuts and salads, but otherwise all other foods must be cooked. The ancient Indian medical system believes that cooking foods helps us in two ways:
– Secondly, cooked food easily breaks down in the stomach and the nutrients are properly absorbed by the body.
Not only Ayurveda, but science supports these claims. There are some studies that clearly underline why cooked food is more beneficial than raw food. According to one study, foods cooked in water contain more antioxidants. Besides, raw vegetables can be hard to digest and even lead to irritable bowel syndrome.
It's not that you should stay away from raw food or salads. But you should just be a little careful. Especially in winter, it is best to warm up the salad before eating. That's because our digestive system is stronger in summer than in winter. Do not consume raw foods in monsoon as bacterial and viral infections peak during this time. Washing and cooking kills the bacteria and protects you from various health problems.