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Eating is one of the pleasure trigging factors. We love eating so much that we no longer care what we are putting inside our body. We love eating fried foods, however, we never think about the saturated fats in fried foods. We love hot and spicy foods, yet we never contemplate on the harmful effects of hot and spicy food in our body. We never realize that by eating processed and cooked food, we are being left out from the true nutritional value of foods we are eating.

Why processed foods and cooked foods are bad for our health?

During the food processing, the most important nutrients from the food are thrown out. For instance, during the milling of wheat, wheat germ is removed. Wheat germ is the source of vitamins, yet our wheat flour or the foods made from wheat flour (bread, cookies, pasta etc.) does not have the wheat germ.

Cooking will damage the healthy aspects of the food because cooking kills the healthy microbes and also removes vitamins, minerals and vital nutrients. Broccoli contains Vitamin K, which is good for the improvement of brain. Broccoli is often considered as brain food. However, when we cook broccoli, we will be taking vitamin K away.

What is Raw Food Diet?

A raw food diet means eating unprocessed food, eating uncooked food. Why it is important to eat raw food? Because food processing takes away vital nutrients from the food, cooking kills nutritional values of foods. The common rational behind cooking is it kills bacteria and virus and makes the food easy to digest. However, food also contains microbes useful for the body. Cooking kills beneficial microbes and takes away nutrients.

You might have heard the elders saying cook pasta just to the medium stage, there will be more calories. That’s true, however, what you might not know is medium cooked pasta has more nutritional value than the pasta cooked to a well-done stage. You might have also heard the elders saying not to peel potato or carrot too deep. They said this because most of the vital nutrients are just under the skin.

When you cook food, it alters the chemistry of the foods. These changes often lead to making the food useless (the food will only taste good, there will be no nutrients left). Contrary to the common belief that cooking will make the food easy to digest, some foods are harder to digest when cooked.

Gastro-digestive disorder is very common. One of the main causes of this disorder is we are eating foods that are not digestible to our body. Uncooked food contains high water content and high fibers, which keep the bowels working. When the bowel works properly, there will be no constipation. Eating uncooked food also improves cellular growth and circulatory system. By eating uncooked food, the obstructions on the bloodstream will be cleared and there will an increase of blood flow in each and every cell in the body, hence blood will be able to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the cells and flush the toxins from the cell.

Health Benefits of Raw Food

The whole grain has more health benefits than refined grain. The whole grain consists of endosperm, germ and barn. During the processing, only the endosperm is left. When you are eating processed food, you are being left out of germ and barn. Germ contains all the vital nutrients of the cereal and barn consists of dietary fiber. The whole grain or unprocessed food will prevent many diseases as it is the source of carbohydrates, nutrients and dietary fiber.

It is true that not all food can be eaten uncooked. However, there are some foods that are best when eaten uncooked. If you are eating animal based foods (meat, poultry, fish), you will have to cook thoroughly because cooking will kill the pathogens and make the food safe. Most of the cereals (unprocessed) need cooking, uncooked cereals are hard to digest and cooking will give you more calories. Yet, you can eat chickpea, pea, or beans uncooked. Most of the vegetables have higher health benefits when eaten uncooked. For instance, you can eat tomatoes, cucumber, daikons, radish, carrot, cabbage, lettuce, beetroots without cooking. You will have more vitamins and nutrition by eating these vegetables raw than eating cooked.

Today, obesity is a common problem. By eating raw, you will be able to control the production of glucose in your body.

Raw food also increases your metabolism. Since body consumes more energy to digest raw food, eating raw will boost your metabolism. Raw food will increase ketone production and your body will produce energy from ketone instead of glucose.

When you eat raw food, you will get vital nutrients, thus your brain and body will feel satisfied, you will no longer crave for food. Since raw foods have many health benefits, start eating raw vegetables and fruits.

Post Author: Healing Body

33 Replies to “What is Raw Food Diet? How Raw Food Diet Benefits?”

  1. I’ve never heard of a raw food diet before but after reading this article and some of the benefits a raw food diet has I’m really considering beginning one as it would improve my lifestyle a lot.

  2. Before reading this article, I was unknown about Raw Food Diet Benefits. Learned so many health benefit of raw foods. Really Great article.

  3. It is really a very informative post. I read it fully and gathered information for my personal application.
    Thanks a lot

  4. Wow ! I Really a useful Advice and tips about Raw food diet and its benefits. It help many people for maintain their diet.

  5. “Raw food also increases your metabolism.” Interesting. This statement makes me reflect back on my childhood. I realize that we ate a lot of raw food because that’s what my mom had in the pantry and refrigerator. There was a man who came by driving a truck in our neighborhood, loaded with fresh fruits and veggies and she would buy her produce from “Mr. Reggie”. Also she went to the farm with her sister and the farmer owner would let them pick fruits and veggies and because they picked them themselves, the farmer charged them a really low price. Much cheaper than buying them at the grocery store. A friend was talking to me about her weight problem and I remember her saying to me “You don’t have this problem because of your metabolism. You burn calories faster.” It’s decades later and … I finally get it!

  6. Raw food diet term is really new to me! But after reading this article i am really impressed with this raw diet, planning to follow this. One can control the production of glucose is too good and healthy.

  7. Definitely the raw food, especially the vegetables, is the most tasty and healthy, excellent publication, I love it.

  8. Most of the vegetables can be eaten with out cooking, in fact cooking reduce its nutrition values. It was a fact that everyone knowing and not following. Thanks for your article.

  9. This article is great for anyone who wants to diet. The ingredients used and the way they cook are different. I recommend trying this way.

  10. I am really amazed to hear those benifits of Raw food which i never heard of before. For me personally, it was very informative and helpful post.

  11. I heard many raw food which can boos up our health from my parents. But you shared here more about raw food which i didnt hear before.

  12. Raw food diet is a new thing I heard. I applied it to me first and then to my family member. It omits obesity and keeps you healthy without worrying about the side effect.

  13. We all at home enjoy raw food, as a part of our natural diet of daily-life. My wife is pregnat and the baby is very healthy and the weigth and heigth are so good. The raw food is very healthy and delicious too if you know to combine the different vegetables.

  14. Great information for a person like me who is very conscious about his own and his family health. Yes you are right eating raw food/uncooked food is very healthy Raw food also increases your metabolism. Since body consumes more energy to digest raw food, eating raw will boost your metabolism. Raw food will increase ketone production and your body will produce energy from ketone instead of glucose.

  15. Very interesting article, it opens the understanding about how should be our food, it is important to follow their advice to have a better quality of life

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