What is the raw food diet?
If you are considering taking on a lifestyle of only consuming raw foods, it would be in your best interest to do a good amount of research first. Furthermore, you may benefit from learning exactly what "going raw" entails.
Let's look at some of the data currently available.
Let's say that your interest in living "the raw lifestyle" is to transform into a cleaner, more natural, unpolluted person. You want to avoid certain additives, toxins, pesticides etc., so you already adhere to a strictly organic diet. Is going raw a step in the right direction?
Studies have shown that a 70% raw-plant food diet is associated with good levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, but a poor showing of HDL cholesterol and vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is a water soluble vitamin that is vital for brain and nerve function. So, somewhat important to our health. Yes, you can take supplements, but that kind of defeats the purpose of eating healthy doesn't it.
Further studies show that such a diet is indicative of good levels of beta-carotene but poor levels of lycopene. Something interesting about lycopene is that it is an efficient antioxidant and may even be effective in reducing cancer. Eating tomatoes and red peppers? Then you are eating lycopene.
A variety of other studies indicate a plethora of conditions that are apparently caused by cooking, wether it be frying, roasting, grilling or microwaving. Here's a link to an abstract of a Spanish study that make you think twice about grilling. It would appear that making adjustments to your current diet, to incorporate an at least partial raw food lifestyle could be beneficial. Now what about that all important concept of increasing your fiber, as part of the raw food lifestyle?
Throughout most of our lives we've been reminded that a high fiber diet is essential for proper digestive function, lower cardiovascular disease and coronary artery disease risks. Do we follow those suggestions? Maybe. Should you? Yes.
How do we achieve that balance of fiber, carbohydrates and protein? By speaking with a dietary professional and creating a plan of attack. Whole foods, organic fruits and vegetables along with farm raised meats are a great start to finding that balance. Combine this approach with juicing and you are well on your way to a balanced diet.
Read all you can about raw foods, eating organic and juicing to educate yourself to the potential that exists for good health. Arm yourself with knowledge. You deserve to be healthy.