One of my favorite dishes has to be Chicken Parmesan. It’s one of those dishes, lovingly prepared that just makes you feel good.
I always remind people that to eat healthy and maintain an ideal weight, you don’t have to suffer and you don’t have to avoid foods that you love.
A simple hack is to consume a lot of raw vegetables. A study out of Harvard found that cooking food increases the amount of energy or calories that it provides to your body and raw foods provide less.
This is a strong argument to eat more bulky raw nuts, fruits, grains, and vegetables. The body uses more energy in digesting raw food than it does cooked food. Further, the body expends energy fighting off pathogens that are more prolific in raw food than in cooked.
Cooking food alters the proportion of energy that our body absorbs versus what is lost to gut bacteria, and what is excreted by our bodies. Cooking basically basically starts the digestive process externally and our digestive system does not have to work as hard.
Further, bacteria in the our gastrointestinal track metabolize some of our food for their own energy needs. When you consume more raw foods, more energy is leftover for the bacteria and therefore fewer calories are absorbed by the human being.
It is therefor easy to see how if you’re eating a high amount of raw foods that require a great deal of energy to metabolize, that you can freely eat your fill of some delicious chicken parmesan!