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Raw Food Detox Diet

Updated on August 9, 2015
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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

Living Food

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:

  • Kale
  • Celery
  • Onion
  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Pumpkin
  • 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:

  • Figs
  • Dates
  • Lemon
  • Grapes
  • Papaya
  • Mango
  • Orange
  • Banana
  • Coconut
  • Avocado
  • Berries (blueberry, strawberry, raspberry)



Here is a small list of grains for a raw food diet:

  • Oats
  • Rice
  • Barley
  • Millet
  • Quinoa
  • Buckwheat
  • Breads, cereal and granola

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Nuts & Seeds

Here is a small list of nuts and seeds for a raw food diet:

  • Pecans
  • Walnuts
  • Cashews
  • Almonds
  • Macadamias
  • 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:

  • Lima
  • Navy
  • Pinto
  • Lentils
  • Garbanzos
  • Adzuki beans
  • Mung beans
  • Black turtle beans



Here is a small list of sweeteners for a raw food diet:

  • Stevia
  • 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:

  • Dill
  • Garlic
  • Cumin
  • Ginger
  • Seaweed
  • Turmeric
  • Cinnamon
  • 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:

  • Carob
  • Sprouts
  • 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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      mecheshier 4 years ago

      Thank you Smireles! :-)

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      mecheshier 4 years ago

      Hi PegCole17

      Thank you for stopping. I do hope that the post was useful.

      I am glad to hear that eating healthy is going to be high on your list of goals this year. Keep me posted on how you do.

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I need to do some of this juicing with raw foods. Eating healthy is going to be high on my list of goals this year.

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      Hi Laceylinks

      You are wonderful. Thanks for the feedback. Let me know how everything goes. :-)

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      Mary Green 5 years ago from Alabama

      I bought a juicer and use it occasionally- not as often as I should. Your hub has motivated me to use it today! For that I thank you, you are good for me ;-)

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      Hi sweetie1

      Now I am starting to feel guilty. :-) You visit my Hubs often. I really do need to read more of your articles. I love your subjects and the quality of writing. I am glad that you liked the post. I to need to start eating more vegetables. I used to eat a salad everyday, it is so important!

      Thanks for the vote!

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      sweetie1 5 years ago from India

      Very nicely written hub , packed with lots of information. I do eat lots of fruits but thats all I eat raw. I think I should now add more salads in my diet. voting it up.

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      Although I have been a vegetarian for over 35 years, my diet isn't 100% raw. However, I feel it is a great way to cleanse the system 1-2 times per year. Thanks for the feedback and votes.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Although I haven't switched to a 100% raw diet, I definitely believe in the benefits of it. We often do the raw diet for several days in a row and enjoy both juicing and our own blender concoctions such as our version of gazpacho. You have included some great ideas. Voted up!

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      How can one eat to much fruit.? :-) I love fruit. I am a strict vegetarian but not a vegan. I do love my cheese and beans and pizza! Ty for the feedback.

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      Becky Bruce 5 years ago from San Diego, CA

      I think I eat too much fruit... I'm sort of obsessed! This is great information though, thanks! Voting up :)

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      Yes, I agree with you there. I love it when the first flowers bloom and when gardens start producing. Yes, I need a new juicer. I think I overworked the old one.

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      Christin Sander 5 years ago from Midwest

      This is my favorite time of year because we grow an organic garden and nothing tastes better or is better for you than fresh, raw food. Great hub :). A juicer is definitely on my things to save up for list also!

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      Wow, thank you so much. This Hub has been sitting there doing nothing for a long time until recently (approximately 2 years), I got a post from you and another one last week. TY for sharing Margarita den.

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      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      Great hub, so very true! sharing it!

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      Cool Me to. What is funny is that it is my least active Hub. It is great to get some feedback. Thank you

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      intriguewriter 5 years ago from worldwide

      my fave subject! Thanks for posting, raw food aids digestion, energizes, hydrates, heals and generally makes you feel great. You really do feel fuller for longer when you eat fresh, organic raw foods too. Thanks for providing more information!

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      @ Angela, adding more fruits and vegetables to the diet is a great way to increase energy and reduce the waistline.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      I have been meaning to impliment more raw vegtables into my diet. I was a little worried until I read the 5% that helps!

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      mecheshier 7 years ago

      Yes Evai007, a new juicer is on my list as well. Thank you for the feedback.

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      Evai007 7 years ago

      yes! going back to basics when it comes to eating. I hope to invest in a juicer myself.

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      mecheshier 7 years ago

      Thanks K.. Well, at least eat healthy right!

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      kaltopsyd 7 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      You're right. So I guess, with a juicer, you save money in the long run. I have to keep that in mind. I didn't think of it that way! See? This is why sometimes we all need a different point of view from others. :D

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      mecheshier 7 years ago

      PS K. I don't have a juicer either! :-) But sure wish I did!

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      mecheshier 7 years ago

      No, K, you are right on the topic. If you had a juicer then it would be cheaper than buying it at the market. Hey, it is cheaper in the long run to eat healthy! When one has a healthy lifestyle in all matters including food choices then they are much healthier and happier. Eating unhealthy foods can promote sickness>doctor expenses>disease> etc. But I am sure that you know all this. It is hard with the struggling economic times to afford buying healthy food.

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      kaltopsyd 7 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      I wish I had a juicer! They're just so expensive (unless you get a good deal). I like raw juices. Even those are expensive to purchase in the grocery stores. How are we supposed to eat and drink healthier when all the organic and healthy stuff is expensive? But I'm getting off topic. :)

      haha. Another good hub. Thanks!

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      mecheshier 8 years ago

      Hi Thank you.... Love your site!

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      Sandra Mireles 8 years ago from Texas

      Good information!