The reason it's important to cook fruits and veggies is that the cooking softens the fiber cell wall of all the plant cells. Inside these cells are the nutrients and, especially, the sugars. If the fiber cell wall is softened, then the chance of the small intestine absorbing the sugars out and transporting them into the bloodstream is greater. If the cell walls are not softened and remain rigid (raw), then the chance of the carbohydrates getting down to the colon and fermenting is increased, causing bloating, gas and other digestive problems.
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