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What is a Raw Diet?

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There are so many different diets these days, most with insane weight-loss claims and miracle results.

A raw diet is a little bit different. Most long-term raw foodists do not choose to eat raw because they want to lose weight. Oftentimes, it is because they experience and believe in the many health benefits of eating raw.

What is raw?

Raw foodists mainly eat raw, unprocessed foods like fruits, veggies, seeds and nuts, and do not heat their food above a temperature of 118° F.

Why do it?

Raw foodists believe that heating up or cooking foods above a temperature of 118° F can change the chemical structure of food, resulting in negative health consequences.

According to Rawfoodlife.com, this chemical change can destroy the live enzymes that aid in health and digestion, disrupt the body’s pH balance, as well as “create acidic toxins, including the carcinogens, mutagens and free-radicals associated with diseases like diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and cancer.”

It is believed that raw food can give us the most nutrients possible with the easiest digestion.

Many raw foodists report having more energy, more radiant skin, hair and nails, and a decrease or elimination in many chronic diseases.

WebMD acknowledged that studies show there are pros and cons to raw diets however they report in one study that, “reviewed findings of about 50 medical studies on the raw versus cooked debate showed that eating raw vegetables helps reduce the risk of oral, pharyngeal, laryngeal, esophageal, and gastric cancers.”

Eating a 100 percent raw diet may sound a little intense to most people. However, you don’t have to be 100 percent to reap the benefits of eating raw.

Let’s consider the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.).

The typical S.A.D. is full of processed foods that in no way resemble a food in its natural state. Pizza, cheese burgers, fries, milkshakes, cereals — think about it. When was the last time you saw a fresh spring river flowing with coca cola, or cheetos hanging from a tree?

Although America has a large obesity rate, many of these individuals are not even being properly nourished.

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