Raw Food Diet.
Author: Andreula Michael
A raw food diet is a diet based on unprocessed and uncooked plant foods. Like fresh fruits, vegetables, sprouts, seeds, nuts, grains, beans etc. It is believed that when the food is heated above the temperature of 116 degrees, the enzymes present in it are destroyed. The enzymes are said to be helpful with the digestion and absorption of the food. It's also believed that cooking diminishes the nutritional value of the food.
It has lately become a lifestyle called Raw Foodism or Rawism. Raw Foodists typically believe that greater the percentage of raw food in the diet, greater the health benefits. The raw food Diet is followed by both Vegetarians and Non Vegetarians.
The benefits of Raw Food
6. increased energy
7. Improved skin appearance.
8. improved digestion
9. weight loss
10. reduced risk of heart attack and many more.
The raw food diet basically contains less amount of trans fats and saturated fats and also they are low in sodium and high in potassium, foliate and health-promoting plant chemicals which are called phytochemicals.
What to eat? (veg)
Fresh fruits and vegetables, Nuts, Seeds, Beans, Legumes, Seaweed, Young Coconut Milk, Freshly juiced fruit and vegetables,Dry Fruits And many more.
What to eat? (Non veg)
Unprocessed meats/organ-meats/eggs : Raw dairy, And aged, Raw animal foods such as century eggs, Rotting (fermenting), Meat/fish/shellfish/ kefir
It should be ensured that at least 75% of the food consumed should not be heated over 116 F.
How to cook the food??
Many foods in the Raw Food diet are simple to cook like fruits, salads, meat, dairy etc. but some other foods may require considerable amount of time and planning. Like rice and other grains, they require sprouting or overnight soaking to become digestible.
Some cook book authors believe that the preparation of gourmet raw food recipes normally requires a blender, food processor, juicer, and dehydrator. A few raw foodists feel that freezing the food is also acceptable, even though it lowers the enzyme activity. While many raw foodists view freezing as harmful but not as unhealthy as cooking.
Caution: With the raw food diet gaining popularity, some unsafe foods have re entered the human diets. The following items should be consumed with precaution.
Buckwheat, Kidney Beans, Alfala Sprouts, Raw Eggs, Raw Seeds, Apricot Kernels
Raw Meat, Raw Milk and there are many more in the list. It's advised that one should consult a professional related to Raw Foodism before switching the diet.
Who should be very cautious about Raw Food?
Children, Pregnant or Nursing women, People with Anemia, People at risk for Osteoporosis. And before switching diets people should also be aware that that certain nutritional deficiency can occur on the raw food diet. And that include deficiency of Calcium, Iron, Vitamin B12, Protein, And Calories.
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