Two important quotes too lengthy to post as a comment:
To say that the body can easily digest and assimilate cooked foods may someday prove to be the most grievious oversight yet committed by science. -- from Enzyme Nutrition, Edward Howell M.D.
For if you eat living food, the same will quicken you; if you kill your food, the dead food will kill you. --Yeshua Ben Joseph, from The Essene Gospel of Peace, Dr.Edmund Szekely