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Raw food diet

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Raw food diet is based on the philosophy that heating or cooking food at high temperature i.e. above 116 to 118 degree F destroys nutritional content. Thus, they consider eating food in raw form is the best way to gift your body the daily dose of nutrition. Raw food diet is also known as Caveman’s diet as primitive men were dependent on raw foods for sustenance.

Let’s get into the details of raw food diet in the next content.


Raw food diet: An Overview

Some people restrict to eating only raw vegetables and fruits while others consider eating non vegetarian sources of protein too. The latter includes sashimi, ceviche (raw fish), or carpaccio (raw meat) and eggs. These foods can be eaten undercooked or totally raw. Apart from these, you can also eat sprouted or water soaked grains and lentils, cheese prepared from raw milk (and raw milk as well), nuts, herbs and spices, coconut water, and coconut milk.


Different techniques used for preparing raw food

The best technique is to have them raw. You can prepare delighting juices out of fruits and vegetables or blend and assort fruits, nuts, vegetables and grains for a wide range of salad dishes. People also try sun drying and dehydrating techniques for pickles. Sprout the pulses and cereals to receive the purest form of nutrition.

Cooking, baking or boiling below 116 degree F is also accepted by some groups of people following the raw food movement

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Sample meal plans for raw food diet

Breakfast: Fruits are the best choices for breakfast. You can also eat poached egg accompanied by organic raw milk, nuts, avocadoes, etc.


Lunch: Opt for vegetables for your lunch, especially the green leafy and colored vegetables. You can prepare exotic juices by adding a punch with lemon and ginger. Sushi is an option for non vegetarians.

Dinner: Soup is best suited for your dinner. Use extra virgin olive oil to add flavor to your food. However, do not boil the soup for too long, just heat it mildly for extracting the broth.


Foods not to eat on raw food diet

There are certain foods that should not be consumed raw and they are: 

  • Kidney beans, soya beans
  • Mushrooms
  • Peas
  • Cassava and taro
  • Buckwheat greens
  • Beef, pork, chicken, etc.
  • Parsnips  


Advantages of raw food diet

  • You receive nutrition at its purest form since they are not destroyed by cooking techniques
  • If you plan your diet properly then certainly your immunity will be enhanced with eating plenty of vegetables and fruits
  • Raw food diet certainly helps you to lose weight as your daily calorie intake is drastically reduced
  • It promises better skin and healthy hair


Disadvantages of raw food diet

  • Eating raw foods can make you vulnerable to bacterial infection. One of the reasons why we should eat cooked food is to kill the germs and bacteria
  • Raw foods contain stubborn fibers which is difficult for to digest for people with weak digestive system.
  • Eating raw food can trigger nutritional deficiencies as well if your body is unable to digest the foods
  • Being low in calories, you cannot stick to this diet plan on long term basis as you are likely to suffer from nausea and dizziness.

Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: August 30, 2014

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