Raw food diet is exactly that, it's made up of eating raw plants and unprocessed plant foods. The raw food diet can't really be considered fat diet, as those who engage in it make a conscientious lifestyle choice.
Rawism as it's sometimes known, is a heavily involved way of life, the average rawists diet is made up of over 80% raw vegetables and unprocessed plants. The preparation of these foods takes quite some time, even tho no or minimal cooking is involved. The plants must be washed, peeled and chopped, sometimes dehydrated or lightly steamed. Lightly steaming is an accepted practice by most, but some of the more devout rawists won't even do this.
The principal plan behind the raw food diet, is to consume vegetables in their most natural state. When unprocessed plants and vegetables are cooked some of their nutritional goodness is lost. It is the aim of raw foodists to consume vegetables when they are in their most nutritious state – raw.
There is a certain amount of evidence that backs up the claims, that eating raw is beneficial to health, benefits include higher energy levels, leaner BMI (body mass index), healthy skin and the body maintains a more neutral pH level. High pH levels in the body have been linked to numerous illnesses.
A few diabetes sufferers have claimed almost biblical cures, that they directly attribute to the raw food diet.
It is obvious to see how the raw diet will help people lose weight. But it isn't a diet we would recommend for weight loss only. It's a diet that involves a life changing commitment, not only to stick to eating the correct foods but the preparation of those foods.
Most people who successfully stick to the diet were previously vegans, most vegans don't eat dairy products. Becoming a rawest is the next logical step.
Well, the jury is out on this one. There is quite a lot of independent research which airs on both sides of the fence. While rawest generally have very low cholesterol & triglycerides levels they can also suffer some vitamin deficiencies, B12 in particular.
It is also thought (all research is independent) that starting a raw diet too early in life could lead to the underdevelopment of bones.
Rawists along with vegans take special care to ensure they receive enough vitamin B12, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium and iron. These elements are found in animal-sourced foods.
Certain foods become more bioavailable (this makes them easier to absorb by the body) when they are cooked, tomatoes for example. However, a raw diet, combined with monitored nutrition intake and sufficient supplemented vitamins and minerals should be absolutely fine.
We will have some more posts and guests blogs along soon, going deeper into the raw food diet.
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