If you’re looking for some guidelines, here you go! I’ll say 70/30 favoring raw foods, gives you the title of ” Raw food diet”
What is “raw food diet” Not necessarily Vegan
Hopefully the description below will help you understand it more.
Most raw food diets are made primarily of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Grains and legumes are often permitted as well, but usually need to be soaked or sprouted before you eat them.
Foods to Eat, but not limited to the list below.
- All fresh fruits
- All raw vegetables
- Raw nuts and seeds
- Raw grains and legumes, sprouted or soaked
- Dried fruits and meats
- Nut milks
- Raw nut butters
- Cold-pressed olive and coconut oils
- Fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut
- Raw eggs or dairy–Yuk for me, but if you like it, enjoy!
- Raw meat or fish–Same here for me, rinse and repeat!
I would check with the CDC if you’re interested in the non-vegan options.
Foods to Avoid, but not limited to the list below.
- Cooked fruits, vegetables, meats and grains
- Baked items
- Roasted nuts and seeds
- Refined oils
- Table salt
- Refined sugars and flour
- Pasteurized juices and dairy
- Coffee and tea
- Other processed foods and snack
Some raw food diet supporters believe that eating mostly or all raw food is ideal for human health.
However, like many of the core beliefs behind the raw food diet, this idea is not backed by science completely.
In fact, research shows that both cooked and raw foods have health benefits.
Cooking your food?
One of the main reasons the raw food diet discourages cooking is because of the belief that cooking destroys the natural enzymes in foods. The diet’s advocates believe that these enzymes are vital to human health and digestion.
High heat does cause most enzymes to denature — that is, to unravel or change shape. However, many enzymes denature in the acidic environment of the stomach anyway.
In fact, the body already produces its own enzymes to facilitate chemical processes including digestion and energy production
Another core belief behind the raw food diet is that cooking destroys the nutrient content of foods.
Cooking can indeed decrease certain nutrients in food, especially water-soluble ones like vitamin C and B vitamins
However, cooking actually increases the availability of other nutrients and antioxidants, such as lycopene and beta-carotene.
What’s the conclusion?
I don’t know about you, but I like my fruits raw and most of my vegetables cooked on the mild side. I do see the advantages of both cooked and raw foods though. However, being plant-based myself, I find it easy to be around the 70% raw food mark, but for non-plant based eaters this maybe a challenging goal. Even when I wasn’t plant-based I was paranoid of cooking meat, it had to be cooked thoroughly and sushi with fish, forget it…no bueno for me!
I shouldn’t have to remind you to wash your raw foods before consuming, but here you go- “Please wash all your raw foods before eating.” We have seen recent outbreaks of fruits & veggies with E. coli, Salmonella, and more.