how does the raw food diet work

The Raw Food Diet

The raw food diet requires you to kiss goodbye to highly processed foods and say hello to the raw.

The diet is based on unprocessed and uncooked plant foods, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, sprouts, seeds, grains, beans, nuts, dried fruit, and seaweed. It suggests that heating food above 116 degrees F destroys enzymes in food that can assist in the digestion and absorption of food. Cooking is also thought to diminish the nutritional value of food.

If you do this diet, 75% of what you eat should be raw food.

Benefits

The raw food diet contains fewer trans fats and saturated fats than the typical diet. It is also low in sodium and high in potassium, magnesium, folate, fiber and health promoting plant chemicals called phytochemicals.

Advocates of the diet say that it increases energy, improves skin appearance, aids better digestion, assists weight loss, and reduces risk of heart disease.

Food Techniques

The diet suggests that specific food techniques make foods more digestible, such as juicing fruit and vegetables, soaking nuts and dried fruit, and blending.

Side Effects

Some people experience a detoxification reaction when they start the raw food diet, especially if their previous diet was rich in meat, sugar, and caffeine. Mild headaches, nausea, and cravings can occur but usually last only for a few days.

Precautions

It’s suggested that the raw food diet may not be appropriate for certain people, such as children, pregnant or nursing woman, people with anemia, and people with a risk of osteoporosis.

The Verdict

Critics of the raw food diet say while its true that some enzymes are inactivated when food is heated, it doesn’t matter because the body uses its own enzymes for digestion. In addition, cooking makes certain phytochemicals easier to absorb, such as beta-carotene in carrots.

Another critique is that the human body has changed in response to eating cooked foods. Some of these changes are that are jaws and teeth have become smaller, our stomachs have shrunk, and our small intestines have grown longer, lengthening the digestive surface area.

The OSB office consensus is that the diet sounds mighty healthy and that the raw desserts look appetizing, but we won’t be trying it anytime soon. We love our pizza too much.

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{Images via Raw Food Recipes}

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