Can Raw Food Make Us Healthier?

Even though the raw food (also known as “raw foodism” or “rawism”) diet is not new, it is gaining a great deal of popularity. People who practice this diet really believe that this type of eating will provide many health benefits. All of these claims may have left you wondering: what is the raw food diet?

People who practice this type of diet are known as “raw foodists”. Raw foodists claim that the diet promotes many health benefits including: better general health, lower disease risks, greater energy, blemish free skin, and a lean physique. The diet must be followed to the letter in order to get those kind of benefits. The best way to follow the diet is to only consume food in its most natural form, which is unprocessed and uncooked. This diet requires a strong commitment and a good amount of time. Raw foodists must be able to devote many hours of their day to preparing food by peeling, chopping, blending, pureeing, and dehydrating.

Fruits and vegetables make up most of the diet and account for about seventy-five percent of it. The remainder of the diet can include nuts, grains, sprouts, beans, and seaweed. Even though animal products are typically not included on the diet, some forms of cheeses made from raw milk or raw eggs are allowed. Prohibited items include all refined products, refined sugar, caffeine, and alcohol.

Traditional cooking methods are not allowed on the raw food diet. A food dehydrator is the main cooking device, rather than a typical stove or oven. Food dehydrators use just a small amount of heat, absolutely no more than 115 to 118 degrees, and extract all water from the food. Raw foodists believe enzymes and vitamins necessary for digestion are destroyed when food is heated above 118 degrees.

Much more research is needed to support the claims of the raw food diet, however an early study concluded that consuming cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and kale on a regular basis may reduce the risk of developing cancer. This variety of vegetables contains isothicyanates, which have been shown to change proteins in cancer cells. Cooking vegetables reduces the concentration of isothicyanates, which reduces the health benefits. Another study relating to the raw food diet suggests that consuming raw vegetables lower the risk for developing oral, gastric, pharyngeal, laryngeal, and esophageal cancers. Other studies conducted suggest that diets that contain large amounts of fruits and vegetables, as well as vegetarian and vegan diets may lower cholesterol and regulate blood glucose.

Be careful though, you should always contact your physician before starting this or any type of diet. You should determine if the diet will supply you with all of your health needs, as well as if it is safe. Adequate nutrition for growth and development is not provided on the raw food, so it is not recommended for infants or children.

If you don’t fancy a raw food diet then you might want to consider the Diet Solution Program instead.

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