It is important that we eat whole raw fruits and vegetables. One study documented the blood sugar effects of eating an equal amount of calories from apples, applesauce, and apple juice. Blood sugar peaked at approximately the same time and level with each form of apple. Blood sugar then sharply decreased with all three types of apple consumption. This is where the similarities stopped. The group that consumed whole raw apples experienced less of a blood sugar fall and maintained a more normal blood sugar after the initial blood sugar drop.
This study documents that there are benefits in eating whole raw food. Eating whole fruits also dramatically reduces the risk of certain cancers.
A second food group that is especially beneficial to eat raw is the cruciferous vegetables. These members of the cabbage family are cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, turnips, kohlrabi, bok choy, and collards. One study has shown that those who eat cabbage at least once per week have two-thirds less colon cancer than those who eat it once per month or less.
The prophet of the Lord makes the following statements:
“Families and institutions should learn to do more in the cultivation and improvement of land. If people only knew the value of the products of the ground, which the earth brings forth in their season, more diligent efforts would be made to cultivate the soil. All should be acquainted with the special value of fruits and vegetables fresh from the orchard and garden.” Child Guidance, 357.
“I [Ellen White] am so thankful to God that when Adam lost his Eden home, the Lord did not cut off the supply of fruit.
“The Lord desires those living in countries where fresh fruit can be obtained during a large part of the year, to awake to the blessing they have in this fruit. The more we depend upon the fresh fruit just as it is plucked from the tree, the greater will be the blessing.
“It would be well for us to do less cooking and to eat more fruit in its natural state. Let us teach the people to eat freely of the fresh grapes, apples, peaches, pears, berries, and all other kinds of fruit that can be obtained.” Counsels on Diet and Foods, 309.
“The Lord intends to bring his people back to live upon simple fruits, vegetables, and grains.” The Paulson Collection of Ellen G. White Letters, 361.
Raw Cabbage Salad
1 medium head of cabbage, finely chopped
1 large onion
1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon chicken-like seasoning
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 Tablespoons sweetener of choice
Blend seasonings, onion, and liquids in blender and stir into the cabbage.
Just before serving, add the following to the cabbage:
2/3 cup sunflower seeds
2/3 cup dry roasted peanuts
1 package uncooked, broken up Ramen Noodles
In addition to her varied duties at Steps to Life, Evelyn Grosboll, a Registered Nurse, touches many lives through her work as a school nurse in Wichita, Kansas.