The Raw Food Diet Pros & Cons

The Raw Food Diet Pros & Cons

Lots of people rave about the transformative properties of raw food. Followers   believe that cooking food destroys the nutrients and natural enzymes within it. Enzymes are designed to help digestion and fight chronic disease, strengthening the immune system.

Others believe the cooking process makes the food you consume toxic. Followers have reported headaches and allergies disappearing, a boost to immunity, memory, even improvement in chronic diseases and conditions like arthritis and diabetes.

Does It Work?

It’s a low fat diet, so you will definitely lose weight if you follow it for long enough but the best bit is the nutritional boost you’ll receive. The diet is simple – you eat mainly vegetables which are naturally high in all those goodies your body needs and craves – fibre, minerals and all the best vitamins too.

However, like vegetarians and vegans, you need to ensure that you get the other nutritional nuggets we get from the food groups cut out, such as protein, iron and calcium. As these mainly come from animal products, and we cook animal products, you will be losing out on practically a whole food group. Consider taking supplements to plug the gaps.

If you decide this is the diet for you, do it properly. Just because you don’t cook the ham slices yourself, doesn’t mean it’s raw! Think unprocessed, organic produce, for example, fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and wholegrains. You can also eat unpasteurised dairy foods, eggs (uncooked, fresh) meat (raw), and fish (raw).Your food can be cold or even a little bit warm, as long as it doesn’t go above 118 degrees.As there’s no cooking, the only utensils you can really make use of are blenders and food processors for cold soups, smoothies and juices. Good luck!photo credit: Raw Food Life

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