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What is the Raw Food Diet?
The Raw Food Diet is just as it sounds, Raw food every day with no food to be cooked at temperatures above 47’C (116’F) in the interest of preserving the foods nutrients and maintaining “essential enzymes” that are traditionally lost through cooking food. The diet consists mainly of vegetables, nuts, juices and seeds making for a primarily vegan following. Raw Food followers often make use of a dehydrator to make Raw Bread, Crackers, also to dry various fruits and vegetables.
The Raw Food followers typically report weight loss when following a 100% Raw Diet, this being mainly due to fact that the majority of the “allowed foods” are extremely low in calories, sodium and fat (except nuts) and very high in fibre. The additional fibre can also help to develop greater digestive health and a more regular bowel routine. The increase of consumption of fruits, vegetables and leafy greens will boost your bodies mineral levels including Silicon, Zinc, Potassium, Magnesium and Iron, all of which may lead to the healthier appearance of hair and skin. Additionally, although not scientifically backed, the Raw Food Diet claims to noticeably increase energy levels and improve sleeping patterns.
Maybe for some, particularly those who follow a vegetarian or vegan nutrition regime. However the Raw food diet is certainly not for me personally. At least not all of the time, it might make a nice 4 to 7 day detox after a big week or a healthy and different lunch with a girlfriend.
However staying on a 100% Raw Food Diet year round could lead to some serious holes in your nutrition. The omission of meat, dairy and other animal products may lead to deficiencies in protein, amino acids, calcium, iron and B12, all of which play an essential part in general health and well being. Whilst admittedly you may be able to fill those gaps to a certain extent with various vitamins and supplements that in itself seems to go against one of the key principles of this diet (and please correct me if I’m wrong here because this is a learning curve for me also) which is to be in touch with nature and avoid processed products. Anyhow, all in all my personal opinion is that while Raw Food certainly has an important place in a balanced and nutrient dense nourishment plan it shouldn’t make up the whole.
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