The thrust of the raw food diet is the consumption of unprocessed, whole plant-based, ideally organic foods. A minimum of three-quarters of the person's diet should consist of uncooked food. A Raw Foodist- somebody who follows the raw food diet - believes that the higher the proportion of raw foods in our diet, the healthier we will be.
A significant proportion of raw foodists are also vegans - no foods of animal origin are consumed. Some raw foodists consume raw meat and raw animal products.
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There are four broad branches of raw foodism:
- Raw vegetarians - only animal products consumed are eggs and dairy; most foods consumed are raw
- Raw vegans - no animal products consumed at all; most foods consumed are raw
- Raw omnivores - both plant-based and animal based foods are mainly consumed raw
- Raw carnivores - meat products are eaten only raw
What foods are included in the diet?
- Dried fruits
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Freshly made fruit and vegetable juices
- Milk from a young coconut
- Other organic or natural foods which have not been processed
- Purified water (not tap)
- Sun-dried fruits
Depending on the lifestyle, the following may also be included:
- Fish (sushi, sashimi)
- Milk and dairy products (non-pasteurized/non-homogenized)
According to raw foodists1, if you consume mainly uncooked foods you will achieve significant desirable weight loss. They also believe that a raw food diet enhances your body's ability to prevent and fight diseases, especially chronic diseases. Raw foodism says that raw and living foods contain essential food enzymes that are destroyed if the food is heated to above 116 Fahrenheit (47 Celsius/Centigrade).
Foods are prepared in a special way. Sprouting grain seeds and bean seeds are consumed, as opposed to the whole uncooked grain or bean. Nuts are soaked, some fruits are dried. Many fruits and vegetables are juiced. The only heating that is allowed is with a dehydrator - this blows hot air through the food, never above 116 Fahrenheit. Raw foodists also may also blend and chop up their foods.
What are the benefits of a Raw Food Diet?
Raw foodists say that enzymes are the life force of a food. Nature has given each food its unique perfect mix. These vital enzymes allow us to fully digest our foods without having to rely on our own digestive enzymes. The world's first superfood recipe book (resource no longer available at www.vanderbilt.edu) - Rawcreation Ltd, the UK's leading raw food company, released the world's first ever superfood recipe book; 'Raw Magic' by Kate Magic Wood. Containing an assortment of raw superfood recipes.