Raw Food Diet
The raw food diet is about eating mostly uncooked and unprocessed foods, this also includes anything that has been refined, canned, pasteurised, homogenised or produced with synthetic pesticides. Also avoid foods with chemical additives. The reason for this is to get all the nutrients and enzymes that are naturally in our food. We need enzymes for all bodily functions and heating our food to any temperature more than 48°C (112°F) destroys the natural enzymes found in our food. You may have heard this diet being called raw foodism and some call it raw veganism however it is not the same. Raw foodism does allow animal products and includes raw egg and raw fish; raw veganism does not include any animal products.
Weight-loss: The raw food diet does result in weight-loss as there are less calories in raw food. The raw food diet also excludes a lot of food connected with weight gain such as processed junk food and food with added sugar.
You can begin slowly: Not all your food has to be raw as long as most of what you eat is. It has also been shown to be a much healthier option to switch to the raw food diet slowly as it gives your body time to adjust. Therefore, you can start introducing more raw food slowly into your diet.
It is easy to get your five a day: The raw food diet includes a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables so it will ensure that you are getting five a day
Increased energy levels: Those following the raw food diet have reported that they feel a lot more energetic and focused. Others have reported that it has resulted in them having healthier skin and stronger hair and nails.
Better digestion: Research has shown that raw food is much easier for our bodies to digest than cooked food. Difficult digestion can lead to a number of health problems.
You can still have sweet food: The raw food diet can include some sweet foods and puddings. There are many recipes available on the internet to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Lack of research: Though more research is being done, not all the reported health benefits can be backed by research. Some are anecdotal or there is no evidence that a reported health benefit was directly linked to the raw food diet.
Less calories: Fewer calories does mean that the raw food diet does help with weight-loss but following it long-term can be dangerous. It is extremely difficult to get all the calories one needs in a day from eating raw food. This lack of calories leads to a huge loss in body fat which can lead to many serious health problems. This diet must definitely be avoided by pregnant women and those with health problems should speak to their doctor first.
You may have to take supplements: Though the raw food diet does not promote supplements your GP may recommend them as cutting out cooked food can result in some deficiencies.
Conclusion: The raw food diet definitely has some benefits and is a great way to lose weight. However, there are health risks connected to following this diet in the long-term.