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What is raw food?
Raw food (live food) means a diet of mostly uncooked whole plant foods – fruits (fresh or dried), vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouts, grains, sprouted legumes, seaweed, microalgae (like spirulina or chlorella), and fresh juices.
The exact heat limit varies a bit, but raw food is usually kept below 115 degrees F (the exact number varies between the “hot-to-the-touch” temp of 104 and about 120). Above this temperature, live enzymes and vital nutrients are destroyed.
True raw food nuts consume almost 100% raw food, while most raw-foodists eat somewhere between 75-80%. Every little bit helps though and you’ll be amazed at how great you’ll feel incorporating just a few raw food items into your week.
Why raw food?
There are many reasons to follow a raw food diet. Some of the most popular are health, ethics, spirituality, and eco-friendliness.
Raw foods are just packed with nutrition – vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, phytochemicals (health-promoting plant chemicals), and live enzymes. Raw food has none of the empty calories, bad fats, and chemicals found in most cooked or prepared foods. Cooking changes food – denaturing proteins, killing live enzymes, and otherwise destroying good wholesome nutrition.
In particular, raw food enthusiasts claim numerous health benefits including
- increased energy
- weight loss/normalization
- strengthened immune system
- lower cholesterol
- reduced risk of heart disease
- improved digestion
- clear skin
- reduced allergies
Ethics / Spiritual / Philosophical
Many raw foodists are, by their nature, non-violent. In addition to health concerns then, many vegetarians and vegans are also against the mistreatment and slaughter of animals for food.
Furthermore, raw veganism aligns with many Eastern spiritual traditions. The raw food diet can be an act of living in harmony with all creatures – moving within nature instead of against it.
A raw food diet is good for the environment. The livestock industry is one of the largest causes worldwide of environmental degradation, air and water pollution, climate change, and loss of biodiversity. In fact, the meat industry has been estimated to contribute at least 18% and as much as 51% of all greenhouse gas emissions.
Animals fed on grain need more water than grain crops. Producing animal-based food is typically much less efficient than the harvesting of grains, vegetables, legumes, seeds and fruits for direct human consumption.
Raw food, as an extension of veganism, is even better – less energy is used to heat, process, and package food.