You want to be healthy, you want to make lifestyle changes that have a positive impact on your health and you are trying to decide what diet will be best for you. With so many types of diets out there, what is the best one for you? One diet on the top of the popularity charts at the moment is the raw food diet–but is it all fad, or is there something else to it?
What is the Raw Vegan Diet?
The raw vegan diet consists of plant-based foods that are eaten either raw or slightly heated; nothing can be heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are following the raw vegan diet, that also means that processed foods, sugar, and in many cases alcohol are not allowed. So, what can you eat on the raw vegan diet? In a nutshell, (pun not intended,) you can eat raw and uncooked vegetables, fruits, sprouted grains, raw nuts and seeds, dried fruits, beans and seaweed. Foods that have been sun-baked or dehydrated, such as kale chips, seaweeds and dried fruits, are all okay because they have not been cooked or processed.
The Theory Behind The Diet
The theory behind the raw vegan diet is that when you cook or process foods, you will not only destroy a significant percentage of the nutritional value but you’ll also destroy the natural enzymes contained in the foods, which aid digestion. In addition to that, cooking also releases free radicals and carcinogens, both of which are adverse to health. By eating a raw vegan diet, you will also be avoiding processed foods, which are heavy on artificial ingredients, none of which are healthy for humans to be eating.
Are the claims true? Is the raw vegan diet the best diet for achieving optimum health benefits from your food? Let’s take a scientific look at the raw vegan diet and what the benefits from it are.
The raw vegan diet contains no processed foods, no dairy products and no meat so because of that alone the diet is, by its very nature, low in sodium, cholesterol, and saturated fat. Sounds good so far… Diets that are high in sodium, cholesterol, and saturated fat can lead to heart problems and other health risks, and so by cutting out those foods totally, such as with the raw vegan diet, you are cutting down the risks of diseases caused by high sodium, cholesterol and saturated fat.
Vegetables and fruits are naturally high in vitamins, fiber, and other nutrients that benefit your health, such as antioxidants. Diets high in fat can cause inflammation, so by eating a diet that had low saturated fat in it, that inflammation will be gone or severely diminished, helping to provide relief for inflammation based diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. The lack of sugar, alcohol, artificial ingredients and processed foods means that this diet will promote weight loss, and a natural detoxification of the body.
Whether you are raw, vegan, neither, or anything else, you can certainly benefit from including more fresh and raw vegetables into your diet. Please enjoy this guest post from Jade, the “no nonsense” raw food lady. For more info visit her at Fresher Than Life