Are you following a raw food diet? You might be closer than you think.

When you’re at a party of any occasion, most people want to check out the food layout.  Most of the time if you’re plant-based, you’re probably destined to the vegetable platter.  You know the “big old round tray,” with the funky dipping sauce in the middle, surrounded by genetically modified carrots, broccoli, tomatoes & celery sticks…
If you like your food mostly raw, well the veggie tray may not be a bad idea.
Should we be eating more raw foods anyway?  Some people are drawn to this lifestyle and I’m one of them to a certain degree.
So, am I following a raw foods diet? What’s the cut-off, is it 50/50, 75/25?
Who decides this? 
Well, I’m not sure anyone really decides this.  I wouldn’t count on the World Health Organization to come up with specific guidelines.  Why do we even need to tag this anyway? Most people are obsessed with tags-Politically, Religiously…Have fun with that!
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”
Obviously there is more to eating raw foods than eating from the veggie tray, bag of sprouts or a handful of nuts and seeds.

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.

 

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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
  • Seaweed
  • Sprouts

Not Vegan

  • 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.

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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
  • Alcohol
  • Pasta
  • Pastries
  • Chips
  • 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?

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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.

 

15 Comments

    1. Thank you Suzette, I appreciate your kind comments. I do like to make some raw cashew milk sometimes, but that’s as far as it goes for me. However, that maybe a good idea for a future post, thanks for the inspiration.

  1. Thank you Leonard for a very balanced article. When I had learned about more raw (live) food, initially I was on 70-80/20-30 like you. But later under family pressure and some of my own likes I changed to 50-60/40-50 😊
    I love fresh fruits and salads and nuts.
    I do take eggs off and on and minimal dairy.
    I think it maybe right time for me to increase my raw intake a more again 😊

  2. Wonderful article as usual! I eat raw fruits and vegetables and sushi. I eat all the other stuff cooked. Although in the Mediterranean diet, we have raw meat and stuff. But I don’t eat it.

    1. Thanks Maylnno, I appreciate the nice comment.
      You sound like you have fantastic eating habits, this will help with a great quality of life.
      Mediterranean diet and plant based diets are like first cousins!

      1. Thank you that’s true. But we eat too much carbs and that’s not very good. The bigger part of our cuisine is vegan. Older generations were vegetarian more like

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