Did you know that every time you eat, enzymes go to work to break down the food you eat so that your body can use the nutrients in your food? Did you know that when your diet includes foods that are high in enzymes, you are sparing your pancreas from having to continually manufacture enzymes? If you answered, “yes,” you know more than I did before I started reading Nourishing Traditions!
I’ve recently learned that eating enzyme-rich foods ought to be a part of my diet. The enzymes in raw food help to start the digestion process and reduce the body’s need to produce digestive enzymes. When my diet is composed primarily of cooked food, I’m putting a severe strain on my pancreas.
Sally Fallon, author of Nourishing Traditions writes,
If the pancreas is constantly overstimulated to produce enzymes that ought to be in foods, the result over time will be inhibited function. Humans eating an enzyme-poor diet, composed primarily of cooked food, use up a tremendous amount of their enzyme potential in the outpouring of secretions from the pancreas and other digestive organs.
So, what are enzyme-rich foods? The ones I’m attempting to add to my diet are extra virgin olive oil, raw honey, grapes, bananas, and pineapple. I’m also supplementing with Beeyoutiful’s Digestive Enzyme.
Digestive Enzyme contains betaine HCl (from beets and molasses), pancreatin, amylase, protease, lipase, papain, cellulose, ox bile extract, bromelain (from pineapple), and papaya powder.
I’d love to hear from you if you have something to share about moving from an enzyme-poor diet to an enzyme-rich one! What raw foods do you eat? I can’t wait to read your comments!