Perhaps you have heard of the terms ‘raw food,’ ‘raw living’ or ‘raw foodism,’ and you are intrigued and curious about what these terms denote. What is raw food? What is raw foodism and the raw food diet? Understanding these terms are really quite simple. This article will answer these questions as well as explain why people eat raw food and how to go raw. You may be amazed at why people go on this lifestyle, and perhaps you will conclude that they are the sensible ones!
Raw Food (Definition): Food that has not been processed, cooked or heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit or 46 degrees Celsius.
The purpose of this is to ensure that the food contains its optimal nutrient and enzyme content (Cooking at a temperature above 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius) destroys most of the nutrients and enzymes in food). It refers particularly to natural, healthy, plant-based foods. It excludes all over-processed, over-cooked, zero-nutrient, preservative-laden foods that are so prevalent today.
This diet consists of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, dried fruits and berries, sprouts, juices, dehydrated crackers and breads and avocado.
It may also involve gourmet foods such as dips and spreads, date and nut ‘brownies,’ desserts and sweets, sauces, cacao (healthy chocolate), coconut smoothies, nutrient-dense “soups,” zucchini/carrot “pasta,” plus an infinite variety of other gourmet foods that can be made to accommodate this healthy lifestyle.
Related Terminology (Definitions):
Raw Foodism: refers to the lifestyle and action of eating a raw food diet, as well as to the belief that this food will help to heal and nurture a persons’ mind, body and soul. russian grocery store
Living Foods: synonym of ‘raw food,’ – this phrase also refers to any foods that are uncooked and unprocessed (I.e., are consumed in their natural, unadulterated state).
Raw Living: synonym of ‘raw foodism’ and ‘the raw food diet’ – it is the lifestyle of a person who consumes only natural, plant-based, nutrient-dense foods.
Raw vegan diet: This term refers not only to the consumption of uncooked and unprocessed foods, but also to the exclusion of all animal products including meat, dairy, eggs and honey. (Note that the raw food diet is generally vegan anyway, unless a person were to consume raw meat and eggs, which is very rare.)
Why people eat raw food (Benefits):
People adopt this diet to benefit from its optimal nutrient and enzyme content. They nurture and feed their bodies with an abundance of minerals, proteins, vitamins and other important nutrients for a healthy body, and as a result, often see profound healing.
Raw foodism is well-renowned for its health benefits and amazing healing abilities. Persons adopt this lifestyle to clear their skin problems (acne, psoriasis, eczema etc.), for more energy, to treat their depression, to lose weight (a very common reason), to detoxify their sick body, to prevent, treat or reverse chronic disease (such as diabetes, cancer, obesity or chronic pain), for longevity, to recover from addictions, for beauty, or to develop a positive outlook on life (I.e., a zest for life!).