The main idea of a raw food diet is to bring about health by following a diet within our digestive capabilities that fulfills the natural needs of the human body.
A huge part of the value of a raw food diet is what it does NOT contain.
It is our immediate concern in today’s world to see if our food is non-GMO and organic. This is even more important when the food is eaten raw. Genetic modification is a recent threat; throughout the 20th century, we only had to worry about being poisoned through increasing use of pesticides.
It is almost like turning the clock back, going earlier than all the things we have had shoved down our throats in the literal and figurative senses. Was there life before coffee? Before processed sugar? Before
sugar in all its forms were re-named as all natural ingredients? Before baking with processed flour? Before ‘table salt’ was added to everything? Before ‘trans-fats’ were manufactured then later exposed as unhealthy? Before pasteurization slowed or stopped wine and beer from souring (which was the aim of Pasteur’s original work) then was used again ‘for our protection’ to heat the nutritional value out of milk and other dairy products?
There were times when you could buy a fresh-squeezed orange juice or a fresh-squeezed vegetable juice without it having been heated at all; it is now ‘flash pasteurized’ for our protection. There are some locally serviced stores that still manage to avoid this heating, but not many. That the bio-active ingredients are thus killed is not mentioned. There were times when you could buy organic and natural honey which was never heated and never smoked. There are still a few such sources, demanded by those who know the difference.
Soy was not always the ‘health food’ of choice as it was claimed to be in the 20th century. Before written history, soy was only used as a way of re-fertilizing soil in preparation for growing food crops. When it was found that fermenting soy made it edible, many Asian preparations such as miso, soy sauce and tempeh became popular. Soy in its raw state is not edible. To be able to include soy in ‘raw’ vegetarian and vegan diets, the definition of ‘raw’ had to be changed to ‘not heated above 114 degrees Fahrenheit’.
Do you notice a trend here? The latest and greatest is not always the best for the consumer. If a raw food diet helps us by avoiding most of the toxic substances prevalent in our society, it has a great value.
How is a raw food diet model chosen that fulfills the natural dietary needs and digestive capabilities of the human body?
That is a huge question in the modern day. There are several distinct and different forms of the raw food diet, each with its own indoctrination. See the article entitled ‘Raw Food Diet – What is the downside?’ for a more complete explanation of the different raw food diets.
Anyone reading what I am saying here likely has his/her own opinion. An email address is provided below where you are invited to make your comments and to request one paragraph that greatly clarifies dietary needs and digestive capabilities.