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Why a raw food diet is the healthiest option?

Updated on April 7, 2015

Raw foods and "raw foodists"

You may have heard of the raw food craze that is certainly catching on in many places, and just thought of it as yet another fad or fashion. Perhaps you haven’t even given it any thought and feel happy with eating normal cooked meals just like you have always done?

So why are so many people abandoning cooking to live mainly on salads and fruit and vegetables? The answer is simple: they are doing it because they feel and look a lot healthier on a raw food diet. Many “raw foodists” have also discovered that so-called incurable diseases and medical conditions they were suffering from went away after they began to only eat raw foods.

Markus Rothkranz

Markus Rothkranz
Markus Rothkranz

Why raw is better?

The main reason raw foods are better is because they are fresh and still full of the life force within, at least that is what many raw food advocates would give as an answer. Author and expert on the subject of raw food, Markus Rothkranz, says that cooked foods and processed foods are “dead!”

He uses this example to explain: Markus says what happens if we plant an apple in the ground? The answer will be that apple trees will grow from the living seeds within its core, but what happens if we plant some pasta? All we can expect then is mould! In other words, dead foods produce decay and death and live foods produce life!

There is a lot of scientific knowledge to back up these claims about raw foods being better too. It has been long-established that vitamins, such as Vitamin C, are destroyed in the cooking process. That is why any item of fresh fruit is so much better for you than if the same fruit has been cooked in any way.

The same goes for processed and packaged foods. The longer they are kept the lower the amount of life-sustaining vitamins will be present in them.

Not only that but eating raw food is much more natural. After all, humans are the only species of animal that cooks its food. Humans are also a species of mammal that has an incredible range of illnesses and ailments, many of which are not found in wild animals.

So let us have a look at some well-known raw foodist experts on the subject. I will use the term 'expert' because these people clearly are experts on staying very fit and healthy. They have a lot of knowledge that they know worked for them and they now want to share it with you!

Markus Rothkranz

Markus is a gifted artist, film-maker, writer, and designer, but also a real expert on living on raw and healthy foods. But he wasn’t always fit and healthy. Markus suffered from very bad health when he was younger and says that he nearly died. By the age of 27 he was ill with heart problems, liver problems, very bad vision and thought he had basically had it.

He says that he gave everything away, took off his clothes and wandered into the desert thinking he would probably die. But he didn’t because he had a life-changing experience there inspired by all the wildlife he saw. He realized that there are natural foods provided for all the animals and birds.

He went back into civilization but with one big change because he was never to eat any more dead or processed food. Markus gave up eating bread, pasta, dairy and other ‘normal’ foods and switched to only eating raw fruit, nuts and vegetables. He also began to eat wild plants that could be foraged for. He became really well and also successful financially and otherwise in his life.

Markus is now aged 50 but he looks much better than when he was 27 and he carries a photo to prove it. He knows that people can follow in his footsteps and become full of health and energy too. So he has begun the ambitious venture of healing the world one person at a time by pointing them in the direction of raw food. Markus also points out that we have wild edible plants all over the planet, plants that we may view as weeds can actually be perfect foods for us or medicines.

John Kohler

John Kohler with a pineapple
John Kohler with a pineapple | Source

How The Raw Food Diet Saved My Life

John Kohler

John Kohler is another raw food expert and he began eating raw foods through necessity. Like Markus he had been very seriously ill.

As a child and into his teens he had suffered a terrible skin condition that doctors failed to cure. That was really horrible but was nowhere near as bad as when he was told he had the life-threatening disease known as spinal meningitis. His doctors told him that he gone down with the disease because he had a weak immune system, and that was the clue John needed to figure out what he needed to do.

John also believes that he owes his life to "higher powers" because when he was in hospital and doctors had told him he was so ill there was the possibility he wouldn't get well, he prayed to God.

John Kohler was released from hospital and began only eating raw fruit, nuts and vegetables and regained his health better than he had ever known it. He started cultivating them in his garden and nowadays it is filled with organic edible plants that he grows to eat. He doesn’t use harmful pesticides but spends a lot of time making sure his plants are not under attack by insect pests.

John encourages everyone to grow their own food and has made many videos showing his garden and talking about how raw food is the best diet you can have if you want to stay really healthy. John knows that he has a healthy life now because he eats raw fruit and vegetables.

Bernando LaPallo makes his Fresh Fruit Salad

Paul Nison and other raw foodists

There are many well-known and very healthy people who owe their health, and in some cases longevity, to their diets.

Paul Nison is another of the people who was very ill at one point in his life but who discovered that changing his diet would repair his body. He used to suffer from Crohn's Disease but found out how to cure it by eating raw foods. Paul is mainly a raw foodist and was vegan for some time. Paul hosts and presents the Raw Life Health Show on which he has many guest speakers.

Not all of the well-known raw foodists are strictly raw food though and not all of them are vegan. Both 92-year-old Dr Stanley Bass and 110-year-old Bernando Lapallo mainly eat raw fruit and vegetables but both also eat some animal foods. For example, Bernando says he eats sardines and also cheese occasionally and lamb once a year.

Some raw foodists include raw eggs, raw fish and raw meat in their diets. All these people agree though that eating their foods raw is the way to go.

© 2012 Steve Andrews


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    • Green Bard profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      7 years ago from Tenerife

      Thanks for your comments! I am glad you are reporting success from eating more raw foods.

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      7 years ago from US

      Interesting article. I'm not a raw foodists, however, I've changed my diet to include a greater portion of raw fruit and vegetables to lean meat. I have found, that I am starting to feel much better.

    • Green Bard profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      7 years ago from Tenerife

      Thanks for your feedback, Claudia! Yes, I am like you, and you are right that most of the well-known raw foodists all went on this diet in desperation because they were very ill or even dying. Of course, they would say why wait until you are that bad before doing anything about it? It is a good point but not so easy to jump into a raw food forever routine, as you know!

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      Claudia Tello 

      7 years ago from Mexico

      I have always said that food is the panacea if there ever was or will be one. You really are what you eat. I have eaten a very rich raw food diet since a very very long time ago because I love raw veggies but, I haven´t gone completely raw. I do eat other stuff because it is quite hard to leave all those "dead pleasures" one is used to eating and I am still pretty healthy, good looking and fit, which means I don´t have such a strong drive to go completely raw like these guys had, even though I do think I would get healthier. Interesting information.

    • Green Bard profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      7 years ago from Tenerife

      LivingFood, thank you for posting! Yes, the miraculous healing that so many people have experienced should be testimony enough as to why going raw makes very good sense!

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      7 years ago

      I'm always inspired by the stories of how others healed themselves with the raw food diet. I've come a long way since I started eating raw foods, but I feel like I still have a long ways to go. The stories of John Kohler, Paul Nison and others have been a great inspiration to me...and if they can overcome their conditions, then so can I.

    • Green Bard profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      7 years ago from Tenerife

      Thank you, Amata! I am like you then because I too am working towards it.

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      7 years ago

      I remember when I was a vegetarian and watched a documentary about raw foodists. I thought "these people are freaks!" Then, after some time, I started to think about becoming vegan. I read more and more and I realised raw food was the healthiest option in the world. I am not a raw foodist as I can't find time to transform, but I eat as raw as I can and it's great! Becoming 100% raw is my dream and I know one day I will achieve it!

      Thank you for this fantastic article, Bard of Ely.


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