Food Philosophies: Raw Food Diet

The basis of a raw food diet, is what it sounds like – eating raw foods, or foods that haven’t been cooked or processed. There are generally allowed a few simple processes when it comes to foods, such as sprouting, juicing, soaking, and dehydrating, but anything pasteurized, homogenized, or full of additives is a strict no-no.  The reasoning behind this is that cooking food depletes the nutrients of the food, and destroys living enzymes, which aid in digestion. Raw veganism or vegetarianism is probably the most common of raw food diets, but raw animal food diets exist as well, as long as they are keeping with the uncooked/unprocessed guidelines. There are also a lot of “raw food before 4pm” or “80% raw” diets, but this article will focus on strict adherence to a diet of fully raw food. Foods Included: fresh fruits and vegetables, sprouts, seeds, nuts, grains, beans, dried fruit, seaweed, unpasteurized dairy, raw eggs, meat, or fish (such as sashimi) Foods Excluded: anything heated above 104-120 degrees Fahrenheit (40-49C) Possible Benefits:
  • Improved digestion
  • Getting maximum amount of nutrients from food
  • Almost certain weight loss
  • Reduced cooking time
  • Purported anti-aging properties
  • Can boost immunity
  • Can clear up headaches and allergies
Possible Drawbacks:
  • Could be challenging to follow
  • Possible low protein
  • Possible calcium, iron, and other vitamin deficiencies
  • Difficult to sustain
  • More chance of food poisoning/foodborne illness
Recipes To Try: Peanut Butter Chocolate Protein Fudge, Homemade Fruit Water, Raw Pad Thai With Kelp Noodles Sources: http://blog.myfitnesspal.com http://www.webmd.com/diet/raw-foods-diet   http://www.everydiet.org/diet/raw-food-diet   http://altmedicine.about.com/od/popularhealthdiets/a/Raw_Food.htm

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