Raw Food Diet: What Is It?

Raw food cleanses and detox diets have become very popular lately. Many people are using them to kick start their diet and some people end up converting to a raw food lifestyle.

Plenty of people attempt to a raw food detox diet for 7 to 21 days or more. People that are able to complete a raw food cleanse generally never go back to their old habits and eat an increased amount of raw fruits and vegetables in their diet.

A raw food diet is based on eating foods that are uncooked or only cooked to a certain degree. An acceptable range for cooking some foods hangs around 40 to 46 degrees Celsius.

The reason that cooking food is not as healthy as raw one is because many foods lose their healthy properties once they have been cooked at higher temperatures. The key purpose of a raw food diet is that eating foods in their natural/original form will be healthier for your body.

What Is Eaten on a Raw Food Diet? What Do You Eat on a Raw Food Diet?

There are many debates and discussions on what a raw food diet entails. Most people that follow the raw food lifestyle are vegans. That means they do not eat ANY animal products whatsoever.

Other raw food enthusiasts will eat some raw animal products such as raw milk, ceviche (raw fish) and other products.

Then there are other raw food lovers that will cook their food to a certain degree while other will not. The choice is ultimately up to the individual, on how strict they want to follow a raw food diet.

How To Prepare Raw Foods?

Soaking (Germination)
Soaking or germination is the process of soaking foods like raw beans, nutsand seeds in water for a specific amount of time.

  • Sprouting 
    After soaking foods like beans, nuts and seeds, they can be sprouted. Generally, after you have drained off the water and rinsed the food thoroughly, they can be placed in a container and begin the sprouting process.

Different foods have a different amount of time required for sprouting to occur.

  • Dehydrating
    Some raw food lovers do not eat any cooked food while other will heat certain foods to a low temperature. A common method for “cooking” foods is dehydrating. Dehydrators are enclosed containers that heat foods to a low temperature to simulate “sun drying”.

Many people use their dehydrators to make raisins, sun-dried tomatoes, kale chips and croutons.

  • Blending
    Raw food lovers generally use their blender and food processors on a daily basis. They are very useful for making smoothies, soups and so much more.

What Equipment is Used to Prepare Raw Food?

  • Blender – for making smoothies, soups, nut butters and milks
  • Thermometer – to make sure your foods do not go over allowed temperature
  • Dehydrator – simulates sun-drying
  • Juicer – to create powerful and healthy juices
  • Food processor – great for creating nut milks and butters

What are the Benefits of a Raw Food Lifestyle?

There are numerous health benefits of a raw food lifestyle, including:
• Increased energy
• Clearer skin
• Weight loss
• Reduced risk of disease
• Anti-aging

And there are so much more benefits than that!

In general, a raw food diet will be much lower in fat and cholesterol and higher in essential vitamins and minerals.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Some people have experienced a detoxification effect when starting a raw food diet. The most common symptoms are mild headaches, nausea, and strong cravings. These symptoms can start immediately and last for a few days. If they last longer than 7 days, then you should stop the diet and consult your physician.