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Getting Started With Raw Foods

For those who do not know, raw foods diets have become very popular. You may or may not have heard of the raw foods diet, or just may be wondering what it is. This article will look at some of the basics. This diet is based on uncooked and unprocessed foods like: beans, fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh juice, grains, nuts and sprouts.

Leaving these foods in their raw state is vital. Raw foodist's believe that cooking destroys beneficial enzymes. These enzymes improve how the body absorbs nutrients from what we eat – leading to better health.

Those promoting raw foods tout weight loss, optimum digestion, less chance of heart disease, healthy skin and improved energy as possible improvements. This is likely due to the higher levels of nutrients, enzymes and phytochemicals. At the same time there is a lower level of sodium and unhealthy fats in a raw food diet.

Most such diets are not comprised of 100% uncooked, raw, living and unprocessed plant foods. A normal raw food diet contains 75% raw foods, with the idea that the higher the percent, the higher the health benefits.

A common thing people wonder about is how the food is prepared if there is no cooking involved. Apart from just eating it in its raw natural state, food can be soaked, sprouted, dried, fermented, blended or juiced. These techniques are implemented using the appropriate equipment; such as glass jars, dehydrators (which do not get hot enough to destroy enzymes), blenders or juice extractors.

Detoxifying the body, or 'detox' is typically done before starting a raw foods diet. There is some disagreement among the medical community as to its effectiveness, but raw foodists believe that the body must be flushed of its toxins. A detox may last several days and have some side effects as your body makes adjustments.

It is a good idea to consult with your doctor to see if there are any risks associated with your current medical conditions. If you are underweight or pregnant, your doctor may be extra-cautious. You may still be able to eat a raw food diet, but you need to know what to watch out for.

Once you have decided to switch to a raw food diet, you may want to learn a little bit more. Some raw food recipes call for ingredients that could be hard to find. That is okay, try recipes that contain readily available ingredients until you can find a good source for those that are hard to find. It is easier to find processed and cooked foods (cooked at any stage of the process, including pasteurization), than it is to find special raw foods. So, once you find a good source – stick with it.

Source by Michael Oksa

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