No offense Vroom because in general I like your posts but in this aspect I’m afraid you couldn’t be further from the truth. There is no question that people, Americans especially, are chronically digesting their foods poorly. Take a look at the average colon and pounds of undigested waste(usually protein–cooked at that) and it should give you some clue that even “healthy” folks are unable to fully digest their foods these days. Its kind of irresponsible actually to suggest that the protein isn’t denatured and that there are no AGE’s from cooking it. I’m saying go ahead and eat it if you want but just know whats up with it. Hell there are people on this board suggesting that chocolate milk is an ok post workout drink. From an internal health perspective that kind of advice makes me cringe but people are gonna do what they want. But you shouldn’t kid yourself like that and think that there are no harmful effects from eating like that.
Doesn’t this question get asked about once a week?
Cooking food is fine. While heat does cause changes to occur, you do still get the amino acids via digestion anyway. It may not have the same absorption profile – but you will still get it.
As for cross-linking, I don’t imagine those issues are going to survive digestion either. Cross-linking within the body (advance glycolization end-products for example) is probably not due to the cooking process.
There are probiotics and things which can be affected by cooking or processing. Generally, in my opinion, most healthy people don’t have to worry about this or consume additional enzymes to digest their food appropriately.
Indeed, there are those that believe that denaturing and loss of probiotics is a huge issue.
I think all of these issues are incredibly miniscule compared to eating the right macronutrients at the right time, working out consistently and getting good recovery. So, personally, I can’t be bothered to worry about these issues.
In short, cook up the brownies, and send them to me, I’ll eat them.[/quote]