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5 Good Reasons To Eat More Raw Foods

Updated on June 25, 2014

Raw Food For Health

Raw food can be defined as food that has not been cooked in any way, heated above 116 degrees F, or fragmented. Eating a diet of mostly raw foods, those foods that are unprocessed and uncooked such as a broad array of organic, raw vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, seaweed, grains and legumes has numerous benefits and is becoming a more common way to eat. While most raw foods are vegan in nature, some people also include raw fish and meats into the raw food diet.

It is believed that heating food destroys enzymes that assist in the digestion and absorption of food and is also thought to diminish the nutritional value and 'life force' of the food. Cooking food also produces mutated enzymes that are toxins and cause our immune system to work much harder and become weaker, making us easier prey for disease and cancer. During the cooking process, vitamins are destroyed, proteins are structurally spoilt, and minerals are converted from their organic and absorbable state to a state whereby they are not easily assimilated by the body. Water-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins B and C, also get leached out of foods.

Here are just a few reasons to eat more raw:

Photo from http://www.stevepavlina.com and excellent blog which chronicles a 30 day raw diet followed by the author. A must read if you are thinking of going more raw.

Eat as much as you want and chew, chew, chew

Raw Foods And Chewing

Cooked vegetable sand fruits are usually peeled and easy to chew. But in the process of peeling and heating, fruits and vegetables are rid of their vitamins, minerals and fiber. Eating fruits and vegetables with their skin on and in raw form means more chewing. Chewing has the advantage of mixing the digestive juices in your mouth (saliva) with the food. This lubricates the food and allows for less stress on the esophagus and a reduction of strain on the stomach.

By thoroughly chewing your food, you are more likely to not eat as much. By eating slower, your brain can tell you that you are full sooner causing you to eat less. However, because you are eating mostly fruits and vegetables, go ahead and eat as much as you want, whenever you want and you will still maintain a healthy weight. No other kind of diet can claim that!

Read More About Raw Foods and Get Some Great Recipe Ideas Here

Cellulose (fiber) and enzymes are preserved in raw foods

Raw Foods, Enzymes and Fiber

Cellulose, the structural component of the primary cell wall of green plants is an insoluble fiber that speeds up the elimination of waste, absorbs toxins, softens the stool and improves bowel disorders. We all know we need lots of fiber in our diet in order to maintain a healthy weight and to reduce bowl disorders, forms of cancer and other harmful diseases. Eating a raw diet preserves naturally occurring fibers from plant foods. When exposed to high temperatures during cooking, cellulose and other plant fibers are destroyed.

As mentioned earlier, enzymes are important proteins that are destroyed by any form of heating. Enzymes function as catalysis during chemical reactions that take place during digestion. Enzymes cease function at temperatures above 55 degrees C. After that, no food can be absorbed by the body. The body does produce enzymes, but the best source is fresh food which is rich in many different kinds of natural enzymes.

Raw foods promote better health and weight loss

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A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that consumption of a raw food diet lowered plasma total cholesterol and triglyceride concentrations. Raw foods contain fewer trans and saturated fats than the typical western diet and consuming less trans and saturated fats decreases the risk of diseases such as cancer, heart disease and obesity.

Raw foods are also low in sodium and high in potassium, magnesium, folate, fiber and health-promoting plant chemicals called phytochemicals. These properties also help prevent cancer, heart disease and obesity.

Alkaline foods have been shown to balance the acidic pH of the body. The once mostly balanced pH of the body has become more acidic over time due to consumption of processed refined white carbohydrates, sugars, coffee and meat. These acid forming foods all contribute to diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. They also create an inflammation response in the body causing premature aging. Raw foods are mostly alkaline, thus helping to stabilize the pH of the body for overall better functioning, decrease rick of many diseases and weight loss. All vegetables and herbs are alkalizing and fruits are neutral. Nuts, seeds and sprouts are also alkaline.

Dr. Lenka J. Zajic author of "An Investigation of Over 500 People Who Have Eaten a Raw Food Diet for Over 2 Years" lists hundreds of medical conditions ranging from sleep issues to diabetes to arthritis, improved vision, better circulation, and mental clarity all improved by a raw food diet.

(For some excellent green smoothie recipes like the one shown in this photo, see this informative site: How To Get Your Toddler To Eat Vegetables)

photo source: http://chaoticpeace.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/green-smoothie.jpg

Juicing fruits and vegetables for delicious green smoothings and refreshing fruit shakes is a critical component of teh raw food diet. A study and reliable juicer such as the Breville BJE200XL 700-Watt Compact Juice Fountain, now on sale is recommended.

Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain 700-Watt Juice Extractor
Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain 700-Watt Juice Extractor

This reasonably priced juicer features a stabilizing dual knife assembly, which centers fruits or vegetable over the cutter and filter, minces them into minute particles, and forces them against the stainless-steel micro-mesh filter, all of which increases yield by 30 percent and produces results 10 times faster than other juice extractors. The filter and cutter system are so powerful that pineapple can be juiced with the rind on.

 

Raw foods promote better skin and a more youthful appearance

Raw Foods and Vibrant Skin

Healthy vibrant skin is yours for the taking with a diet of fresh raw foods. The reason is simple, raw foods translate to overall better health and this improves the condition of the skin. Since raw foods contain large amounts of antioxidants these protect the skin against free radical damage. In addition, they offer great protection against sunburn. Those who have made the transition to more raw foods have experienced markedly improved complexion and often comment that their skin looks radiant.

Raw foods contain a lot more moisture than cooked foods, as the cooking process removes so much essential moisture. Moisture is essential to healthy skin.

Having an efficient blender which allows you to chop nuts, create fresh dips and sauces and make smoothies is critical for success on the raw food diet.

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Raw foods will leave you energized and feeling GREAT

Raw Foods ENERGIZE!

One of the most profound effects of switching to a raw food diet is the energy and mental clarity it gives. People who have gone raw or mostly raw report clearer thinking, a calmer feeling mind, a complete lack of 'mind fog' and an overall feeling of joy and euphoria. Many report this state of euphoria is the most incredible high you could possibly imagine.Feelings of anger and frustration diminish and feeling of confidence and well being take over.

Delicious Raw Rainbow Cole Slaw Recipe

This recipe comes from The healthy eating site,a wonderful site with vegetarian, vegan and raw recipes & information to help you eat healthier.

Ingredients:

1/2 small red cabbage

1 large carrot

2 tablespoons sunflower seeds

2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup roughly chopped hazelnuts or almonds

fresh herbs (such as coriander, parsley, mint)

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, or hemp seed oil

1 teas umeboshi vinegar

3 teas apple cider vinegar, or kombucha vinegar

1 teas rapadura sugar or agave nectar (optional)

Himalayan or celtic sea salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

1. Grate the carrot and finely slice the cabbage. Chop the fresh herbs and toss with the cabbage and carrot.

2. Add the vinegar, oil, salt and pepper and toss gently until the vegetables are evenly coated.

3. Add seeds and nuts and serve.

A shift to a diet of mostly raw foods can be difficult to make and can also cause the body to detoxify, possibly causing headaches, nausea and cravings for several days, so keep that in mind if you plan to shift to a more raw diet. You don't have to go 100% raw, but the basic rule is that the more raw vegan foods you eat, the healthier you will become and the younger you will look and feel. If you are skeptical, just try it for a few days and see how you feel.

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      erbeaz 4 years ago

      Thanks for your encouragement - raw food is great!

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      Norbert Isles 5 years ago from Philippines

      I love raw diets. Great lens.

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      poppy mercer 6 years ago from London

      Thanks for reminding me, just before the Christmas season how brilliant raw food is. With all the pressure to produce great feasts of meat and rich puddings, this is a great resource.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens! I completely agree with you and try to fit as many raw foods as i can into my diet. Less meat, more raw foods and heaps of fresh fruit and veg. It isn't always easy, but I think the long term health benefits make it worth the extra effort.

      Your cole slaw recipe sound fabulous.

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      WriterBuzz 6 years ago

      Hi there, I just found your lens and really liked it. I gave it a thumbs-up and liked it, because the information is so relavant in today's high stress world. Thanks for providing it, and keep on lensing . . . I just did one on Migraine Headaches that might interest you .

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      SandraRoseDesigns 6 years ago

      I have been eating more raw foods, and get so much more filled up as a result. You gave me some good information.

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      fromamericateel 6 years ago

      I am just starting raw foods, weel I've been doing a small amount for years, but I want to add more. I will be checking out your other lenses. Thanks

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      howtocurecancer 6 years ago

      you are amazing! thanks for the great lens. I'll come and read all of your new lenses.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      in my experience there are some foods that need to be pre-soaked and cooked

      Grains, nuts and legumes contain harmful phytates in their skins

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      awakeningwellness 6 years ago

      I've been a vegetarian for 20 years and am probably about 70% raw, we have a large raw food community where I live so that is really nice. Excellant lens!

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      You certainly make a good argument for eating raw foods. This is a fantastic lens.

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      tssfacts 7 years ago

      Great lens 5* i try to eat organic or the "real" all natural foods where meat is concerned. I can't seem to make it on an all veggie diet. But I am incorporating more raw foods in my diet.

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens; it has great information and is presented well without being so long that it deters people from continuing to scroll down the page. I read your bio a little earlier and will definitely be back to read other lenses you've created - and I have a feeling I won't be disappointed.

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      semas 7 years ago

      Congrats on purple star! well deserved lens-5*

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      We eat most foods raw because of the health benefits. I personally think vegetables taste better raw. What great info. Blessed by The HorseAndPony Angel! http://www.squidoo.com/horseandpony-squidangel

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      JFB91 7 years ago

      This is extraordinary! Thank you very much.

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      JennySui 7 years ago

      Great Lens! I love vegetables and after reading this fabulous lens i am happy that i am a vegetarian.

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      i was raw for almost a year a few years ago, and i have never felt better. maintaining a high percentage of raw foods will always be important to my and my family's health.

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      Leanne Chesser 7 years ago

      Fabulous lens! I'm a vegetarian with a desire to become vegan (I eat cheese and organic yogurt though . . . haven't yet made lasting substitutions here) and I'm intrigued by raw food nutrition. Thanks for this great resource.