Every traditional culture ate some form of their animal foods raw. Every culture also cooked some of their food. In today’s episode, Sally Fallon Morell explains the benefits of both cooking some food and eating some raw. While cooking does destroy enzymes, it also can make certain foods easier to digest (particularly vegetables). Eating raw animal foods ensures that we can enjoy the benefits of certain enzymes and particularly vitamin B6.
Sally describes various dishes from around the world that feature raw meat or fish products (such as steak tartare). She also gives ideas for those new to the idea of consuming raw animal products. She suggests starting with dairy products, like raw milk or cheese.
Many who recommend a raw diet would not include raw animal products in the mix. But Sally points out that science backs this traditional practice. She affirms that raw animal products can increase our energy and mental clarity, and help improve various body functions.
Raw food is in! But raw animal products? Not so much! But listen to this: every traditional culture ate some form of their animal foods raw. There are scientific benefits that back up what traditional cultures did instinctively.
Listen and learn from Sally Fallon Morell, the President of the Weston A. Price Foundation.
She touches on:
- what foods have traditionally been eaten raw in various parts of the world
- the benefits of vitamin B6 (found in raw animal products)
- why it’s important both to eat raw and cooked foods
- why raw food can strain the body
- why cooking is good, even if it destroys some enzymes
- why fermented foods are considered “super” raw foods
- how to begin eating raw food—perhaps starting with dairy: raw milk, raw cheese, raw fermented milk products
- how to prepare raw food to avoid parasites or sickness
- why raw egg yolks are great (but raw whites should be avoided)
- raw meat enjoyed around the world
- the variety of raw foods
- how B vitamins help combat fatigue and help with brain clarity
- why we shouldn’t fear seafood
- how often you should begin to include raw foods in your diet
Nourishing traditions by Sally Fallon Morell contains recipes for raw meat dishes