Foods that should be eaten raw

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Onions - Onions are packed with antioxidants. Exposing onions to heat reduces the benefits of cancer-protecting phytochemicals.

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Onions - The sulfuric compounds in raw onions may also help reduce cholesterol levels, promoting insulin production, and helping break down blood clots.

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Cucumber - Cucumbers are all about that fresh, crisp, and crunchy texture. Cooking them not only will affect their texture, but also reduce their nutritional content.

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Avocados - Minerals and fiber in avocados can be lost during cooking. Nonetheless, avocados can still be cooked (even though you might prefer them raw, anyway).

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Berries - Not only are these nutritionally awesome, they are also delicious and versatile. They're best eaten fresh, frozen, or dried.

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Sauerkraut - Sauerkraut, as well as other fermented foods, is great for your gut bacteria. Heat, however, will kill the good bacteria.

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Lemon - Lemons are rich in vitamin C and fiber, which are nutrients that can be affected by heat.

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Celery - Eating celery is all bout the crunch, right? So, why would you even want to cook it? Plus, doing so will reduce its phenolic antioxidant content.

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Coconut - Raw coconut not only tastes great, but it's also good for you. Coconut water is also a natural source of electrolytes, so you really can't go wrong with it.

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Carrots - Cooking may help with the absorption of beta-carotene, which is then converted into vitamin A. But eating carrots raw will still be beneficial.

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Spinach - These leafy greens are packed with vitamins C and E and fiber, as well iron, potassium, and magnesium. Exposure to heat may affect these though.

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Kale - Packed with vitamin C, kale is best consumed raw to preserve its nutrients. 

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