Raw Food Detox Diet
Raw Food Diet
A raw food detox diet basically consists of eating only uncooked and unprocessed foods. However, a raw food diet is a lot more than that. It is believed that eating foods that are alive can help you lose weight, restore health and increase your energy
To many people, a raw food diet may sound boring and not very tasty. As well, many question the nutrient value of such a diet. But I assure you, it is a diet full of life giving properties which more than pleases the palate.
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Why a Raw Food Diet?
A raw food detox diet is centered on eating healthy food that is uncooked. Yes, the majority of food eaten is raw. However, you can heat food as long as the temperature stays around 105°F (40°C) to 120°F (49°C). Note: The temperature varies depending on the raw food diet group.
Cooking is believed to alter the natural enzymes present in food. According to many raw food diet advocates, enzymes contain the essential of life. In fact, research has found that enzymes help digest food and absorb nutrients.
It is also believed that if we consume too many cooked foods, our bodies have to work harder to produce more enzymes. As well, a diet that is deficient in enzymes from food is thought to cause nutrient deficiency, digestive issues, weight increase and premature aging.
Most raw food diet supporters believe that cooking food weakens its nutritional value. For instance, some vitamins are destroyed by heat such as vitamin C. In truth, vitamin C is the most heat sensitive vitamin of all. Sulforaphane is also greatly reduced when heated. Sulforaphane is a bioactive compound found in cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and kale. Sulforaphane is believed that to help prevent cancer (National Cancer Institute), lower cholesterol and blood pressure plus regulate blood sugar levels.
On the other hand, cooking food can also increase the nutrient value. For instance, tomatoes have up to four times more lycopene when cooked. Lycopene is commonly found in red fruits and vegetables. It is said to be a powerful antioxidant and may help reduce heart attack and protect against cardiovascular disease. In numerous animal studies, lycopene showed promise in protecting against breast tumors and lung cancer.
Other Health Benefits
A raw food detox diet has many health benefits such as better digestion, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, a better immune system, lower cholesterol, aids in a better complexion and is a natural way to lose weight. Studies by the NCBI show that high consumption of fruits and vegetables are associated with reduced risks of cardiovascular disease. The NCBI studied 97 men and 107 women on a diet of seventy to ninety percent vegetables and fruits; fourteen percent had high serum LDL cholesterol, forty-six percent and had low HDL cholesterol, no one had high triglycerides, and thirty-eight percent were B 12 deficient.
Raw Food Diet Benefits
A raw food detox diet is about eating food that is alive.
A typical raw food diet includes food like fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, grains, sprouts, seaweed and legumes.
As well, it is recommended to try and buy organic food whenever possible. Here is a small list of foods:
Here is a small list of vegetables for a raw food diet:
- Tomato (although a fruit)
- Bell peppers (red, yellow, orange)
- Lettuce (Bib, arugula, romaine, iceberg, Mesclun)
- Hot peppers (capsicum, jalapeno, habanero)
- Squash (zucchini, crookneck, acorn, butternut)
Here is a small list of fruits for a raw food diet:
- Berries (blueberry, strawberry, raspberry)
Here is a small list of grains for a raw food diet:
- Breads, cereal and granola
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Nuts & Seeds
Here is a small list of nuts and seeds for a raw food diet:
- Pine nuts
- Flax seeds
- Chia seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Raw nut butters
- Organic nut milks (almond, cashew)
Here is a small list of legumes for a raw food diet:
- Adzuki beans
- Mung beans
- Black turtle beans
Here is a small list of sweeteners for a raw food diet:
- Raw honey
- Agave nectar
- Organic date sugar
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Spices, Herbs & Flavorings
Here is a small list of spices, herbs and flovorings for a raw food diet:
- Himalayan salt
- Cayenne pepper
- Raw apple cider
- Tamari (aged soy sauce)
- Liquid amino acids (Bragg’s)
Here are a few other foods that you can eat on a raw food diet:
- Raw cacao nibs
- Dark chocolate, raw
- Raw protein powder
- Raw vegan ice cream
- Dried foods (tomatoes, grapes)
- Fermented foods (miso, kimchee)
Raw Food Diet Menu Ideas
The organic raw food detox diet should be seventy-five percent raw uncooked foods. It is a green living diet that is high in nutrition.
You might wonder if there are any meals other than salads that you can fix, but there are a wide variety of foods you can enjoy. You can get as elaborate or simple as you please, from gourmet meals to simple dining. Here are a few raw food diet plan ideas to get you started:
Here are a few breakfast ideas:
- Green Smoothie
- Oatmeal and raisins
- Granola with fresh fruit
- Couscous with almond milk
Here are a few lunch ideas:
- Zesty Gazpacho
- Super food smoothie
- Spicy Curry Vegetables
- Curry and carrot consommé
- Herbed couscous and salad
- Fresh bread and soup de’ jour
- Cucumber & tomato sandwich
Here are a few dinner ideas:
- Zucchini stroganoff
- Vegetable stew with barley
- Mushroom and zucchini marinara
- Zucchini and bits of onion served with pesto
- Mushrooms stuffed with pine nuts and herbs
- Wheat free spaghetti with spicy or mild sauce
Here are a few dessert ideas
- Peach compote
- Vegan ice cream
- Bowl of mixed fruit
- Baked pears or apples
Foods To Avoid
There are a few foods that you should avoid when on a raw food detox diet such as all processed foods, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, preservatives, additives, unhealthy fats and all chemicals.
You should also buy organic for to assure optimal health and nutrition without harmful additives that can be life taking.
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