What exactly is a raw food diet? Quite simply, a raw foods diet includes primarily fruits, vegetables, nuts and other legumes that are in their uncooked, natural state. This means that these foods cannot be heated or warmed above 116 degrees Fahrenheit. Ideally, these foods would also be certified as organic, which simply means foods grown in a chemical-free state.
Many people within the health and nutrition community advocate for consuming mainly raw foods due to the variety of health benefits. However, the formula and proportions of raw foods to cooked foods required to maintain the “healthiest” diet is still up for debate.
That said, here are the top five benefits that are associated with consuming a raw food diet:
1. Weight loss. Obviously, there has been a plethora of research and evidence that indicates that avoiding processed foods and other high-calorie foods while simultaneously increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables will aid in weight loss over time.
2. Disease prevention. Many raw food enthusiasts believe that the enzymes in raw food help equip your body to better prevent and fight disease, particularly chronic diseases. There is some evidence that indicates cooking certain foods actually destroys these essential enzymes. On the other hand, however, there are also some foods that have nutrients that are not released until it has been cooked (spinach and tomatoes to name two).
3. Better digestion. Some argue that cooked foods take longer for your body to digest, making it more difficult for your body to process.
4. More energy. Certainly by eliminating processed foods and foods high in saturated fats will clear your system of the junk that bogs you down and drains you of your energy. A diet that incorporates more raw foods can help change that.
While most everyone can agree that increasing your fruits and vegetable intake can only benefit your health, we always recommend doing your research and talking to your doctor before making drastic changes to your diet. You want to be sure you are making the best nutritional decision for your individual health.
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