Eating raw foods is actually very natural. Yet it feels so unnatural to us as our bodies are accustomed to cooked, grilled, barbecued, steamed, boiled, broiled or stewed food. We are also spoiled by the highly salted snacks that’s readily available in convenience stores and supermarkets. However, according to the raw food advocates, our bodies actually thrive on all things that are fresh. A raw food diet or just an increase of raw food in our daily diet will definitely revitalize our overall well-being.
What is Raw Food Diets
They are unprocessed and uncooked plant foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, dried fruit, fresh juices and purified water. Organic produce is the preferred choice.
Why Raw Foods?
Raw foods and juices are considered “living” food as they contain large amount of fibers. Fibers will be lost in the process of any form of cooking. Raw foods and juices are easily metabolized and are lower in calories which helps make your weight loss or weight control regime a breeze to maintain.
Also, a raw food and juice diet will have minimal or no saturated fats. They are low in sodium and high in potassium, magnesium, folate and fiber. Another advantage is you will not lose the enzymes contained in the raw food and juices. Enzymes will be destroyed if heated in excess of 116°F (40°C), and they are essential in aiding food absorption and digestion.
General Benefits of Eating Raw Foods and Juices
According to Frederic Patenaude, the editor of Pure Health and Nutrition, there are clear benefits to consuming them raw.
- increased energy
- more energy
- better looking skin
- weight control or weight loss
- better sleep
- regular bowel movement
- look younger
- brighter eyes
- reduced risk of serious illnesses like heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
- aid detoxification
Why Add Sprouts In Your Raw Food Diet?
Sprouts are often called a ‘super food’ as they have large amounts of proteins, vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, chlorophyll pigments and enzymes. Also, they are easy to use in salads, soups or juice. My friend, Adele, has recommended quite a few yummy recipes here in this blog.
What If You Don’t Like Uncooked Food?
The experts recommended that we are to eat unprocessed and uncooked greens and fruits for at least 75% of the time. However, if the idea is really unappealing to you, the alternative is to heat the food up slightly. Just make sure it is not above 116°F.
Take Note Before You Change Your Diet
A search on the internet will show another school of experts who will advise you not to eat raw food. This is especially true for children, pregnant women, and anyone with a pre-existing medical condition. There is a concern that seeds used to grow some of these raw greens and fruits may be contaminated. Some people might be affected and get ill. Also, some uncooked food can conflict with with certain medications. So if you are not sure, it is best to consult your doctor.
Go explore eating raw greens, especially sprouts, and let us know if it makes a significant change in your life. You’ll want to check out more information on the secrets of eating raw food by reading The Raw Secrets – The Raw Food in the Real World.
The Raw Secrets – The Raw Food in the Real World by Frederic Patenaude
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