Raw Food Diet: Effective or Poisonous?

Mar 15, 2021 05:59 AM EDT | By Erika Dee (staff@foodworldnews.com)

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Raw food diet, is it effective?
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Eating raw should be fine from time to time (think sushi and sashimi!), but to make it into a serious diet regimen? Is it going to be effective or dangerous?

Raw food diet is hardly a new phenomenon, according to Sun Times

Raw foodism has been around for over 100 years now, but recently, there seems to be hype for it once more. The issue is not just whether it is going to be effective for weight loss or not, but whether eating it cannot lead to some serious health consequences. After all, cooking was invented for a reason. 

Under this diet, people eat raw food - or food that has not been cooked up to temperatures higher than 118 degrees. The diet is not as boring as people think. It does not mean just anything right from the market or fridge. Instead, several "no-cook" alternative preparation methods are available, such as juicing, fermenting, dehydrating, soaking, and sprouting. These methods make the raw food palatable, at least. 

Given that it is easier to eat raw foods that are plant-based as opposed to eating raw meats, raw foodists typically are vegan, though some non-vegan raw dieters exist since they have no issues consuming raw fish (again, sushi!), meat, and dairy.

Benefits of Raw Diet

Like all diets, there are benefits. On top of these benefits is the ability to lose weight fast. Some, however, claimed that more than weight loss, raw food diet can be healthier than the usual cooked food diet, regardless of what food that is, because foods in their natural forms are likely to have more nutrients.

Given that the process of cooking is not given a chance to alter the nutritional content of the foods, it makes sense that raw foods are more nutritious. With all the nutrients, some said the diet can lead to lower rates of different diseases, higher levels of energy, better-looking skin, and reduced body fat. 

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Eating a lot of raw food means getting the good stuff found in fresh fruits and vegetables, which often are lacking in a standard American diet that is high in fat and cholesterol. This means the raw food diet can provide higher amounts of certain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and dietary fiber - all the elements known for fighting free radicals and illnesses.  

There is robust evidence showing going raw can lead to weight loss. Raw foods can have less calories than cooked food. Cooking can lead to certain calorie-adding processes, making the cooked outcome fattier and heavier in the body. Since cooking increases the digestibility of foods, the body can quickly obtain the calories from them. 

Raw Food Diet Dangers

There are actually several raw food dangers. First, there is a concern that a poorly executed no-cook diet can make people deficient in protein and lack important nutrients such as zinc, calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin B12. These nutrients are usually found in meats, which you cannot generally eat in the raw all the time. As such, the raw food diet can lead to poor bone health and menstrual disturbances. 

Some researchers suggested that a raw food diet can serve to heighten the risk for dental erosion as well.

Lastly, cooking is not merely to enhance the flavors of foods. Cooking, in general, kills harmful bacteria and viruses that can be present in raw and uncooked food items. That said, raw food diets mean eating these bacteria and viruses if they are not properly cleaned or prepared. 

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