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June 2011 Issue

The Truth About Enzymes and Health

It’s a popular notion—spread through chain e-mails, diet books and websites—that if you cook foods, you destroy valuable enzymes needed to break down foods and regulate health. These "enzyme-dead" foods are said to destroy your health and promote disease. The alternative for cooked, "dead" foods? A raw foods diet, promoted as the antidote for health problems or whatever ails you. Some sources even advocate taking an enzyme supplement to promote digestion, better health and energy, and prevent disease.

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