Don't ask these raw food dieters what's cooking? .
Believers feel the higher the percentage of raw food in the diet, the greater the health benefits. Many raw food eaters are vegan, and don’t eat any meat, fish, or dairy products but others eat raw meat and fish. By the way, when these people say raw they means food that hasn’t been cooked higher than 115 °F (46 °C), some put the limit at 104 °F (40 °C).
Raw food followers believe that eating uncooked foods encourages weight loss and prevents or heals many illnesses and chronic diseases. The medical evidence is mixed. To inject a personal note, as a college student I breakfasted on raw eggs which I downed with a glass of water. My objective was to save time, I don’t even know if the raw food movement existed in those days. I wouldn’t eat raw eggs today because I think they are filthy and might transmit illnesses. By the way, I am not a doctor or other health-care professional.
Some raw food vegans are fruitarians, juicearians, or sproutarians. Fruitarians eat primarily or exclusively fruits. Juicearians process their raw plant foods into juice. Sproutarians eat primarily or exclusively sprouted food, such as bean sprouts. Alleged benefits of a raw vegan diet include weight loss, increased energy, clear skin, and general health improvement.
Raw animal food includes meat, cheese, and fish. Raw meat eaters should seek out grass-fed animals which according to many studies have a greatly reduced risk of bacteria than do grain-fed animals. Furthermore grass-fed meat contains more nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and Omega-3 fatty acids than does grain-fed meat.
Audrey Walker lost 60 pounds on a raw food diet.
If you are going to get involved in raw food you may want to invest in the following equipment: blender, food processor, juicer, and dehydrator. Some raw food people will eat frozen food, others will not. Some of them will eat smoked food, others will not. And some distinguish between cold-smoked and hot-smoked food. Be careful, there are clear dangers in eating some raw foods such as kidney beans and unpeeled potatoes.
Here are some of the alleged benefits of raw foods. Raw foods contain digestive enzymes that are destroyed when food is heated beyond the temperature range listed above. Destroying these enzymes is said to be a cause of obesity. Raw foods contain useful bacteria and other microorganisms that aid the immune system and digestion. Raw foods have higher nutrient values than cooked food. Processed food contains all kinds of chemicals that are bad for us. (I certainly agree with that.) Cooked foods may contain toxins and can lead to acidosis. On the other hand, food poisoning from eating raw or undercooked food is a definite possibility. Believe it or not, even jalapeno peppers can host dangerous microorganisms. Many raw food eaters are underweight, while this may sound tempting to those who are trying to lose weight but being underweight can be a health problem.