What Is a Raw Diet?

Friday, 19 Nov 2010 05:19 PM

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A raw food diet consists of entirely unprocessed and uncooked food. Many times, raw diet recipes are very similar to paleo diet recipes. Raw food diet plans, veganism, and vegetarian diets all advocate fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, eggs, fish, meat, grains, nuts, dried fruits, and dairy products that are not pasteurized or homogenized.
 
A raw food diet has numerous health benefits, including increased energy, improved skin appearance, better digestion, reduced risk of heart disease, and weight loss. Raw foods are low in calories, rich in micronutrients such as potassium, magnesium, folate, fiber, and health promoting phytochemicals. A raw diet plan also aids in reducing the risk of cancer and diabetes.
 
Some of the cooking techniques for preparing raw diet recipes include sprouting seeds, grains, and beans; soaking nuts and dried fruits; and blending and dehydrating foods. However, a raw food diet includes enzymes that might not be destroyed and might prove harmful. Microbes in unpasteurized dairy products, in particular, can worsen certain medical conditions, and even prove harmful. Therefore, a vegetarian diet may be preferred to veganism.
 
Raw food, if not taken in the proper and appropriate proportions, may result in deficiencies of calcium, iron, vitamin B12, and protein. An effective raw diet plan is low in calories, rich in protein, high in fiber, and contains a good balance of nutrients for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In addition, since a raw food diet is easily digestible, it rarely leaves you with a sensation of fatigue and tiredness that usually occurs following a heavy meal.
 
Eating a raw food diet may have medicinal value. For example, brussels sprouts, broccoli, and kale, which contain anticancerous compounds such as isothiocyanates, can alter the proteins in cancerous tissues and prevent the further spread of cancer. Raw foods and a vegetarian diet including red and yellow fruits and green, leafy, vegetables result in an increase in the presence of vitamin B12, carotenoids, and vitamin A.
 
Overall, a raw food diet is rich in nutrients, full of fiber and water content, and low in fats and sugars. Nevertheless, raw food vegetarians and vegans should ensure they consume adequate supplements of vitamin B12, calcium, iron, and omega-3-fatty acids from natural products. About eight servings of vegetables, fortified breakfasts that include cereals, yeast, soy milk, walnuts, and flaxseed can meet the daily dietary requirements for healthy living.
 
So, go ahead and adopt a raw diet – eat healthy and live healthy!

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