What is Living - Raw Food Diet?

Most people think of raw food diet as a boring 'rabbit food' consisting of salads, raw vegetables and fruits. Far from it, raw foodists around the world have been eating gourmet healthy meals that are not only high in 'syntropy'(life force) but also are innovative with great variety and tastes. This plant based diet consists of uncooked and unprocessed, preferably organic fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouted grains and beans and dried fruits. There are also some other foods that are included in this diet such as Young coconut milk, seaweeds, raw carob powder, cold pressed olive oil and certain spices and seasonings. These raw foods can be eaten whole or combined to make the healthiest, most delicious meals.

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Why Raw Food?

Heating food above 116 degrees F is believed to destroy enzymes in food that can assist in the digestion and absorption of food. Cooking is also thought to diminish the nutritional value and "life force" of food.

To replace cooking, Raw foodists used many other innovative food preparation techniques like soaking, sprouting, juicing, blending and dehydration. How about a fabulous pizza, ravioli, burger or cakes and pies? May be you would like to go ethnic and have samosa or mung masala. You don't even have to be 100% raw to reap the benefits of raw food. Typically if your diet consist of at least 75% raw food, you are a raw foodist.

Benefits of eating Raw Food

Increased energy and vibrancy

Improved skin appearance

Better digestion

Weight loss

Reduced risk of heart disease

The raw food diet contains fewer trans fats and saturated fat than the typical Western diet. It is also low in sodium and high in potassium, magnesium, folate, fiber and health-promoting plant chemicals called phytochemicals.

These properties are associated with a reduced risk of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. For example, a study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that consumption of a raw food diet lowered plasma total cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations.
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