All You Want to Know About the Raw Food Diet
As people have become more and more self-conscious about the size of their bodies, they’ve turned to the countless varieties of diets out there to help slim down their bodies. Many people have also started to turn to specific diets to best support their bodies needs such as low-sodium diets for those struggling with high blood pressure, or gluten-free diets for those who are allergic to gluten.
The raw food diet was created, and used for a combination of these purposes. The idea of eating raw foods for health purposes started in the 1800s with doctor Maximilian Bircher-Benner who discovered he could cure his own jaundice by eating raw apples. This discovery inspired him to test the effects of other raw food on human health, which then slowly evolved into what we know today as the Raw Food Diet.
The rules of the raw food diet are simple:
- eat foods in their raw state
- do not cook food over 104-118 degrees Fahrenheit
- do not eat processed food
- do not eat genetically modified food
- do not eat food exposed to pesticides and herbicides.
The idea behind this diet is that cooking foods takes away some enzymes and nutrients that would still be there if you’d eaten it raw. It also adds more fibers and plant-based food to your diet which are low in calories and helps prevents many diseases and weight loss. There have been many studies that support the diet’s effectiveness on weight-loss but its aid to overall health isn’t entirely backed by science.
Many doctors will not encourage their clients into a raw food diet because of the limitation of food varieties and increased risk of food poisoning that it presents. In a raw food diet, the dieter will no longer be able to consume things like peas, buckwheat greens, mushrooms, peas, potatoes, rhubarb leaves, taro, cassava, cassava flour, parsnips, kidney beans, alfalfa sprouts, eggs, peas, meat, and milk though some may still ignore the risks and choose to eat these items raw. This lack of variety will inhibit the intake of certain vitamins and minerals (such as vitamin B-12, C, D, zinc, iron, magnesium, and calcium). that could be readily available if only they would eat a few cooked foods. This diet isn’t recommended for pregnant women, young children, seniors, or people with immune systems for these reasons. With that said, it doesn’t entirely sweep the idea of a raw food diet completely off the table. There are many varieties of how people follow the raw food diet.
There are only a few people who go 100% in on the raw food diet, but most of these people tend to be vegan or vegetarian. They are already practiced in eating large amounts of plant-based foods and putting aside more time to prepare for meals. They may also already be taking supplement vitamins and minerals, as suggested by many doctors, to keep themselves healthy while maintaining their diet.
Most people, however, are only 75-80% on the raw food diet, which means while they would eat as many foods as they can raw, they would consume their meats and some other dishes, cooked. This is actually suggested by many doctors as it provides the best of both raw and cooked worlds of food: providing the highest variety available with the greatest intake of vitamins, minerals, and fibers food can provide, and fewer fats and calories. Venus Williams is on this diet, and swears by it. If you do decide to go on this diet, be sure to do more research and be smart about it; consult your doctor before starting, and be sure to take your supplements if you do decide to go in 100%.
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