Why Do People Want Veggie Burgers That Bleed? – Eater

Protein is one of the few food groups that rarely gets a bad rap. Unlike carbs and sugar, which have been under attack for some time now, protein is a necessary nutrient; it’s associated with energy, muscle, weight management, and satiety. America’s love of protein hasn’t changed much over the years: A 2015 survey conducted by the International Food Information Council found that ninety percent of respondents “strongly or somewhat agreed that it is important to get enough protein in their diet.”

But it’s a food group not without controversy — the American Heart Association recommends consuming fish, poultry, and beans in lieu of red meat, which has more cholesterol and saturated fat. In 2015, the World Health Organization released a study that found that processed meats and red meat cause cancer.

That doesn’t mean red meat doesn’t still have its fans: Though red meat consumption decreased over the past few decades, in recent years it’s back up. Some say the spike in consumption is the result of low beef prices, while others point to the popularity of protein-heavy, low-carb diets like Paleo.

But where that protein comes from is changing. According to a February report by Packaged Facts, consumer notions of what constitutes a good protein source are expanding to include a wider variety of plant-based protein ingredients.

A slew of modern meat alternatives are trying to capitalize that by creating juicy (even “bloody”) burgers, chicken strips, and steaks that are meant to appeal to carnivores rather than vegans and vegetarians. This new class of veggie burgers is informed by technology just as much as it is by nutrition, and incorporates lab-grown meat as well as high-tech vegetable mashes.

Why do people want meat alternatives?

The growing interest in alternative proteins can be largely attributed to a few factors: health, the environment, and animal welfare.

A spokesperson at Impossible Foods, the maker of a forthcoming burger made from lab-derived meat (more on Impossible Foods below), says the company’s aim is to “make delicious meat and dairy products from plants and thereby reduce the impact of industrial animal farming.”



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Proponents of fake meat products say raising livestock is an inefficient use of land and water. Going vegetarian, therefore, is not only better for the human body (the World Health Organization classifies some meat products as carcinogenic), but they claim it’s better for the environment, too.

According to the Environmental Working Group, a nationwide vegetarian diet would be the equivalent of taking 46 million cars off the road, or not driving 555 billion miles. Still, it would only make a moderate dent in carbon emissions — about a 4.5 percent reduction overall.

Why is tech getting involved?

The technology sector has taken this mission on and transformed it from a personal diet or animal welfare cause into a global humanitarian issue. The attention from tech firms and venture capitalists has had an exciting effect on what was once a crunchy granola industry. Whether the burger is culled from plant matter or stem cells, technological resources, labs, and scientists are fueling this revival.

But why? According to a few venture capitalists, it’s because consumers are demanding it. “If you look at the millennial customers, they’re not really just satisfied to have a meal, they want to have a meal that they feel good about, that the sourcing of those ingredients is aligned with their values — what’s the carbon footprint? Where did it come from?” says venture capitalist Tony Conrad.

Bill Gates has invested in both Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat, while Twitter founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams are also investors in Beyond Meat. Google founder Sergey Brin provided some $330,000 to fund the world’s first test-tube hamburger. Peter Thiel’s foundation reportedly donated $350,000 to Modern Meadow’s bio-printed meat efforts.

“Everyone is taking note. It might be a small segment [of tech companies investing in plant-based proteins] today,” says Conrad, “but it’s a growing segment for tomorrow.”

What is lab-grown meat?

Lab-grown meat is also known as cultured meat (sometimes even “in vitro” meat), meaning it’s derived from animal cells.

Mosa Meat specializes in lab burgers made from stem cells. Their $330,000 prototype (bankrolled by Google co-founder Sergey Brin) was taste-tested live in 2013 and the company has plans to offer the meat for sale by 2020, reports the BBC.

Memphis Meats is another company growing “real meat” in small quantities using cells from cows, pigs, and chickens. “Our products are not mock meats or plant-based meats,” says Memphis Meats’ co-founder Uma Valeti. “They are real meat, grown from animal cells, without the actual animals. We recognize that people love meat because it’s delicious and affordable. Our goal is to make real meat that is better tasting and more affordable, but also safer and more sustainable.”

Valeti says that lab-grown meats don’t come with some of the downsides of traditional meat — by abstracting the animal from the process, Memphis Meats has “eliminated any chance of fecal contamination and other health risks.” He adds that the product is also more energy-efficient, as it doesn’t require the energy used to maintain a slaughterhouse. There’s that, too: animal slaughter isn’t necessary to create this meat.

The company’s first products — hot dogs, sausages, burgers, and meatballs — are now in development, and founders expect to have products to market in less than five years. Memphis fried its first-ever lab-grown meatball earlier this year — a rather pricey endeavor, considering it costs around $18,000 to produce a pound of the stuff.

Modern Meadow specializes in bio-fabricated leather — growing collagen (a protein found in skin) to create “hides.” The company hopes to do the same thing with meat eventually, though the timeline is unclear; for now, founders say they are focused on leather.

How are newer veggie burgers different from those of past decades?

The newest crop of veggie burgers (those not made from stem cells) are pretty high-tech; thanks to technological innovations, they’re able to mimic the real thing a bit better than the meat alternatives of yesteryear.

Beyond Meat is one of the more well-known players in the plant-based protein game, largely because their products already line shelves across the country. (None of the lab-grown meat companies have products for sale yet.)



[Photo: Beyond Burger]


The company’s Beyond Burger even bleeds like real meat (though in this case the red substance is actually beet juice). The Beyond Burger is entirely plant-based, but is sold in the meat section of the grocery store — a marketing ploy to get carnivores to try it, too. The primary source of protein in the burger comes from peas. According to Beyond Meat’s website, the burger was created after seven years of experimentation, not by “inventing new materials but by matching the plant equivalent and assembling it in the architecture of meat.”

Impossible Foods makes 100 percent plant-based foods — albeit ones that look and, supposedly, taste, like the real thing. The company has raised $182 million in equity so far (backers include Bill Gates) and will soon unveil its first product, the Impossible Burger. The burger is made entirely of amino acids, fats, and nutrients from plants. And it bleeds, too — but not real blood or even beet juice: Rather, the company synthesized cow blood using heme, a molecule found in hemoglobin and in some plants.

The burger will be available at select restaurants in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles later this year. According to a spokesperson, the product will make its way to grocery outlets “at some point,” once the company expands its production capacity. “Our first food is called the Impossible Burger and it’s made for true meat-lovers,” says a company spokesperson. “It starts out raw and looks, cooks, smells, sizzles, and tastes like animal-derived ground beef.

A spokesperson also says Impossible Foods’ technological approach will eventually allow it to produce plant-based versions of virtually any meat — beef, pork, chicken, or fish — as well as cheese, yogurt, milk, and cream.

How do these newer burgers taste?

The first lab-grown hamburger got high marks for its “mouth feel,” though one tester noted that the lack of fat was noticeable. Another said the flavor was akin to “an animal protein cake.”

Vox.com’s Ezra Klein recently tasted Impossible Foods’ burger and said it was “life-changing.”

In a recent interview with Bloomberg, food writer Mark Bittman called the taste of the vegan Impossible Burger “very impressive”; of Beyond Meat’s products, he said they will “fool you.”

Bittman did point out, however, that products made out of “powders” and other ingredients are really just “processed food” by another name. “Let’s remind people that there is real food that’s grown from the ground, and real animals that are fed real food. And if we treat them right, and we eat fewer of them, we can — not to mix metaphors — have our cake and eat it, too.”

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Retailer of raw pet food grows fast after jumping into e-commerce – Indianapolis Business Journal

As owners of a hulking Bernese mountain dog—a breed afflicted with a high rate of cancer—Jeff and Shelli McDonald turned to raw pet foods in an effort to provide a healthy diet.

The dog, Dylan, ultimately succumbed to the disease. But what the couple gained from the experience led them in January 2015 to buy the small, local pet food company from which they had bought products.

Raw Paws Pet Inc., now located in the Park Fletcher industrial park on the west side, hardly resembles its predecessor, however. In less than two years, the McDonalds have added products and taken the business model from a regional delivery company to a full-fledged e-commerce firm delivering in 48 states.

“My and Jeff’s vision was to make it practical and affordable, and accessible,” said Shelli, 49. “We’ve changed suppliers, and everything is under our brand now.”

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Shelli and Jeff, also 49, invested about $500,000 in the business and are expecting revenue this year of $750,000 to $800,000—a nearly 250 percent increase from last year.

The quick growth the McDonalds are experiencing mirrors a national trend. Pet owners—eating healthier themselves—want the same for their canines and felines.

In 2015, sales of raw freeze-dried dog and cat food jumped 64 percent, from $25 million to $40 million, and sales of raw frozen food rose 32 percent, from $52 million to $69 million, according to GfK, a Germany-based market research firm.

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Sales of raw pet food still represent just a sliver of the $22 billion pet-food industry, mostly because large pet-food providers are hesitant to jump into the market mainly because of safety concerns.

Supporters of fresh pet food tout the natural diet it provides, similar to the way animals in the wild hunt prey and eat it raw. But many veterinarians warn that raw meat may expose dogs and cats—and their owners—to bacteria.

Large pet food providers “would be considering it, but there are a few challenges stalling the entry,” said Kathy Enright, CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based Pet Food Institute. Its members manufacture 98 percent of the products in the market.

rawpaws-factbox.gifThe American Veterinary Medical Association has warned against feeding raw meats to cats and dogs unless it has first been cooked, pasteurized or treated in some other way to destroy pathogenic organisms.

But Dr. Bonnie Pilbeam, a veterinarian at Pets & Vets in Pendleton, who also is a Raw Paws customer, says the concerns are unwarranted.

“It has to be handled carefully; that’s one of the reasons the AVMA took the position that it did,” she said. “It’s become a point of contention, but I don’t know of anything other than the dry pet foods that have been recalled.”

Human-grade meat

The McDonalds, Jeff from West Lafayette and Shelli from Martinsville, met as sophomores at Indiana University. He graduated with a degree in business marketing and she with a degree in speech communications. They’ve been married 25 years.

Before Raw Paws, Jeff spent the bulk of his career as a co-owner of Chippery, an Austin, Texas-based manufacturer of frozen cookie dough that grew into a $50 million company. He never left Indianapolis, though, and commuted to Austin for 10 years, until Otis Spunkmeyer Inc. acquired the company in 2005.

He then bought a Weichert residential real estate franchise. He unloaded that to Carpenter Realtors when the couple bought Raw Paws.

In 2008, the two cat lovers decided to adopt a dog. Shelli had spent hours volunteering at the Humane Society of Indianapolis on the northwest side before they adopted Dylan, the Bernese mountain dog. She met another Bernese owner who, in turn, introduced her to the original owner of Raw Paws.

“I got to know the lady, and she was going to fold it or needed to sell it, so we bought the company from her,” Shelli recalled. The McDonalds declined to divulge the original owner’s name, citing a confidentiality agreement.

Changes needed to be made in the company. They brought on new suppliers and products, which the McDonalds said were not inspected and approved by the United States Dairy Association.

They now have nine vendors and offer a range of products, including frozen ground beef, chicken and turkey; freeze-dried foods; tripe; grain-free kibble; toppers; and pre-portioned patties, in addition to chews and treats.

The frozen products are 80 percent meat, 10 percent protein (from organs) and 10 percent bone (for calcium), which is considered the optimum ratio for a pet diet—but not quite for humans.

“It would be considered human grade,” Shelli said. “But as humans, we would not want to eat that.”

A five-pound tube of ground beef from Raw Paws retails for $26.99, for instance. Products are available through Amazon and on Raw Paws’ website. In July, the company began shipping to California, marking complete delivery in the continental 48 states.

Don’t expect to see Raw Paws’ products on store shelves anytime soon, however. The McDonald’s are sticking to the e-commerce model, which they say provides better interaction with customers when putting together a custom meal plan.

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Almost experts

The company packs and ships products from its 10,000-square-foot office and warehouse on the west side and stores frozen foods at an off-site freezer. Shipping frozen pet foods can be expensive, though, because it requires a Styrofoam container packed with dry ice. Raw Paws offers free shipping on frozen orders of $199 or more.

The expense and hassle of shipping frozen pet foods keeps many in the sector from branching out nationally.

Local competitor My Pet Carnivore Food Inc. on Shelby Street in Fountain Square ships nationally, though much of its business is conducted throughout the Midwest via vans with freezers that provide direct delivery to customers, said manager Ben Mumford.

Owners Paul and Suzanne Dijak-Robinson bought My Pet Carnivore about eight years ago and have grown it into a $2 million company.

“We’re doing pretty well and continuing to grow,” Mumford said. “I would consider us a pretty big player, in terms of regional success.”

Yet My Pet Carnivore’s growth seems to be much more steady than the explosive growth Raw Paws is enjoying.

The McDonalds hope to capitalize on the healthy-living trend to grow Raw Paws. The company’s current demographic is largely 50-year-old women making at least $100,000 annually.

“It’s kind of a Whole Foods customer set,” Jeff said.

Raw Paws has grown from just two employees to 10 and expects to add another 10 within the next year while targeting $5 million in revenue within the next three to four years.

Despite the loss of Dylan, the McDonalds own another Bernese mountain dog, Lincoln, and have adopted a Labrador retriever named Bondi. Both can be found lumbering around the Raw Paws office, where their owners are carving out space in the growing raw pet foods sector.

“It’s been a learning curve the first few months,” Jeff said, “but now we’re almost experts at it.”•

Raw food and natural materials at this new Carlton North pet store – The Weekly Review

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Who’s behind the counter?

Jonathan Knight had been biding his time to find the perfect location for Cleopatra’s Pet Emporium, so when a shop came up opposite a dog park, he jumped. The dog-lover named the store after his beloved Alsatian Cleopatra. Her untimely death led him to start researching healthy pet diets, products and treatments – a project that grew into a passion and culminated in the opening of his Carlton North pet shop.

  • Cleopatra’s Pet Emporium
  • 671 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North
  • Phone: 9349 4417

What’s in store?

Don’t expect to find run-of-the-mill pet products here. Sure, the shop sells dog and cat food, collars, leashes and beds, shampoos and conditioners, but almost everything is made in Australia, with an emphasis on natural materials and holistic health. The pet emporium is dotted with pet-centric homewares – ceramics, paintings, doorstops in the form of terriers and garden benches in the shape of a rather tall sausage dog – and a giant freezer with ready-made meals for your dog made of fresh meat and vegies. Just defrost and voila.

Who’s buying?

Jonathan says he gets foot traffic from the dog park and locals passing by (naturally dogs are welcome), but because the store sells raw, human-grade pet food, people come from far and wide to get it.

“We’ve got a movement happening in the raw food community that is aimed at pets,” Jonathan says.

Our pick

Black and brass dog collar, $50, brown leather dog collar, $50, both by Rogue Royalty.


Rogue Royalty dog collars from Cleopatra’s Pet Emporium Rathdowne Street, Carlton North. Photo: Jonathan Knight

 

CPR's Raw Food Restaurant Comes To Life Downtown – Haute Living

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Zoodles

There has been something of a sea change in recent years — Miami’s populace will happily go out to eat raw, healthy food and cold pressed juices as long as they are presented beautifully. That means hippies can keep their grungy markets while hipsters, yippies and even Wall Street-types flock to the next generation of health food hotspots.

Early in on this trend is “CPR” which stands for Cold-Pressed Raw. If you think of life-saving therapy when when you hear “CPR”, it’s not by accident—this food will resuscitate you. Tatiana Peisach, a young entrepreneur of 27, started the company as raw, cold pressed juice distributor. “We were focused on wholesale and we just had really good strategic partners,” she explains.

A lot of places carried the CPR juices, but Peisach felt the brand needed it’s own space. “People were drinking our juices a lot, but we weren’t creating the brand we wanted to crete and that’s why we did the retail space. It’s really given us a home”

Now they’ve got a beautiful modern restaurant downtown that serves as a destination for not just juice, but bowls, smoothies and filling salads they are calling “Naked Foods.” These are healthy, mostly raw food dishes like their famous “Zoodles,” raw zucchini noodles they serve with pesto, vegan Parmesean and cherry tomatoes.

“Everything is either wood, stainless, or cement in the store,” explains Peisach, who allows the food and juices to bring the color. Dishes like the Beet and Kale salad, Green Avocado toast on Zak the Baker bread or the Berry Zesty Pie all bring lots and lots of color.

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Kale and Beet Salad

Another bonus about CPR is that unlike some juice companies, a trip there won’t break the bank. “On average, a cold pressed juice is $10-$12 dollars, and we sell ours for $8.” No small difference when you consider a juice-a-day habit, which is exactly what many of her customers have after completing juice cleanses. “We’re trying to make health more accessible to our customers,” says the young entrepreneur.

Downtowners come daily with their laptops, kicking the coffee house habit for something healthier. “Going there is an experience people couldn’t have before with the brand. We are in the heart of Brickell and you have people coming to meet friends, and people coming in with their laptops and doing work and having a healthy lunch. They don’t just grab a juice and run.”

Her juice combos aren’t just there to taste good—they all do something.  “People would call and say ‘Ok, I want something for my metabolism or I’m really tired I need something thats gonna wake me up or I need something to help me focus.’ these are all specific requests I’ve had from clients,” she says, explaining that juice combinations address these needs.

Sometimes that need is cleansing. “I have cleansed thousands of people and learned from [all of] them. I realized that it was important to make it easier and simpler for people, and that’s where we are today.

RAW FOOD: Passing fad or here to stay? – Jerusalem Post Israel News

The dining room is abuzz as people peer at the food before them. It’s the first meal of a detox program at Mitzpe Alummot, a health retreat whose focus is on raw organic vegan food and juice fasting. This group includes people in good health, those looking to lose weight and those with cancer or type 2 diabetes.For many, it’s their first foray into raw food; they’re unaccustomed to the colorful salads, sprouts and gourmet-style lasagna made from zucchini, pesto, sun-dried tomato tapenade and almond “cheese.” There are murmurs of apprehension, surprise – and approval.

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7 surprising diets of some of the world's best athletes – Tech Insider

ryan lochteClive Rose/Getty ImagesMost of us think we know what it means to “eat well.” Technically, the rules are simple: You should eat a lot of vegetables and fruits; you need enough protein and carbohydrates; and you’re better off steering clear of too much sugar.

For the average person, the total caloric number will most likely be in the 2,000 calorie range.

But when you look at professional athletes, a new level of diet weirdness starts to appear. Sure, those athletes need to hit a certain calorie number, but the way they get there can vary greatly. 

Here are the surprising diets of seven elite athletes.

Raw Vegan Food Festival Planned Near Howard This Weekend – Borderstan

Raw Food Festival (Photo courtesy of Emergence Community Arts Collective)A celebration of juices, vegetable salads and other raw vegan food is set to come to a community organization’s headquarters near Howard University this weekend.

Emergence Community Arts Collective is scheduled to hold its third annual “Raw Food Festival” at 733 Euclid St. NW from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

“The event that aims to promote raw food in the D.C. area, its health benefits, environmental advantages, its fantastic taste,” spokeswoman Margaux Delotte-Bennett said.

The festival is broken down into three sections: uncooked vegetable and fruit tastings, the benefits of a raw food diet and fitness and gardening.

The event will have five talks on the health benefits of raw food and how to properly prepare it. There’s also an Afro-Brazilian martial art demonstration from the International Capoeira Angola Foundation.

Guests can vote on their favorite juice, sweet and savory foods and enter raffles for classes and dinners prepared by chefs, who cook raw vegan dishes, too.

Tickets, which are $25 for adults and $20 for children, get attendees $15 worth of food and entrance to the talks and other activities.

Photo courtesy of Emergence Community Arts Collective

A whole festival devoted to raw food takes place Saturday – Washington Post

THURSDAY

WINE CLASS: Participants taste and learn about rosés from around the world. Part of the One Sip at a Time series. 7:15 p.m. $25. Chain Bridge Cellars, 1351 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean. 703-356-6500. chainbridgecellars.com.

WINE DINNER: In partnership with Vinifera Imports and A. Litteri, participants sample wine and then eat a three-course dinner with wine pairings. 7 p.m. $280, including tax and gratuity. Masseria, 1340 Fourth St. NE. 202-608-1330. masseria-dc.com.

SATURDAY

COOKING CLASS: Interactive class on using farmers market produce, designed for couples. 7 p.m. $150 per couple. Workhouse Arts Center, 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton. 703-584-2900. workhousearts.org.

PIG ROAST: Roasted pig, potato salad, head cheese and more, plus live jazz. $65, including tax and gratuity. Acadiana, 901 New York Ave. NW. 202-408-8848.

RAW FOOD FESTIVAL: Attendees learn about raw foods through cooking demonstrations and lectures. 3:30-8 p.m. $20 to $25. Emergence Community Arts Collective, 733 Euclid St. NW. 202-468-5018. bit.ly/rawfoodtickets.

MONDAY

KIDS COOKING CAMP: The start of a five-day cooking program for children ages 10 to 14. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Our Young Chefs in Silver Spring; contact Sheila Crye for full address. 301-512-8631. ouryoungchefs.com/summer-cooking-camps.

MASON DIXON MASTER CHEF TOURNAMENT: Single-elimination tournament of chefs from the Baltimore-Washington area. A portion of proceeds benefits Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland. Monday and Tuesday, 6-9:45 p.m. $25. Inn at the Colonnade Baltimore Doubletree Hotel, 4 W. University Pkwy., Baltimore. masondixonmasterchef.com.

TUESDAY

CHEFS BEHIND BARS: Cocktail event benefiting No Kid Hungry and featuring chefs Yo Matsuzaki, Matt Adler, Ed Scarpone and more. 6-8 p.m. $45 in advance, $50 at the door. DNV Rooftop, 1155 14th St. NW. bit.ly/1WjGmhk.

RESERVE NOW

JULY 20

TASTE OF GREECE: Greek food, wine and music, in celebration of “The Greeks” exhibition at the National Geographic Museum. 7 p.m. $50. National Geographic, 17th and M streets NW. 202-857-7700. natgeo.org/thegreeks.

JULY 21

COOKING CLASS: Chef Mark Haskell teaches participants to cure and preserve meat and fish at home. 7-9 p.m. $49. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. hillcenterdc.org/home/programs/2735.

JULY 24

BARBECUE BOOT CAMP: Washington Post Smoke Signals columnist Jim Shahin leads a class on charcoal and wood smoking and grilling. 11 a.m. $85. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. hillcenterdc.org/home/programs/2822.

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International Raw Food Day: What Does a Raw Food Diet Really … – NDTV

11th July is celebrated every day as the International Raw Food Day. It is a day dedicated to spreading awareness about the benefits of raw food consumption. It also helps highlight its long term advantages for our health. The 21st century has seen a rapid increase in the trend of fast food and other processed foods that have led to the increase in obesity levels and other non-communicable diseases like cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, etc. In the wake of such trends catching up, health experts point at the emergent need to go back to the basics, to turn to nature and turn to into a raw food enthusiast.

So what exactly is raw foodism and where can we trace back its origins? The history of raw food consumption – as a dietary and health movement- can be traced back to 1830 when an American Presbyterian minister Sylvester Graham propagated the benefits of raw food diet to combat the cholera epidemic that the country was grappling with. Apparently, the Swiss would take away the credit for being amongst the first to develop raw food as a dietary health treatment. In the late 19th century, a Swiss doctor, Maximilian Bircher Benner stumbled upon the benefits of raw food diet. It was when he was suffering from jaundice that he ate a lot of raw apples and after his recovery he conducted experiments to study the effects of raw foods on human health and the immune system.

Shifting gears to the contemporary scenario now, raw food diets have been rapidly gaining popularity all across the world. From raw food movements like raw foodism and raw veganism to special raw juice camps held in places like Portugal. Raw food, simply speaking, is food that has not been cooked, processed or exposed to any kind of chemicals or food engineering. It is consumed in its rawest and freshest form, technically, it is food that is not cooked or heated above 118 degrees. The thrust of the raw food diet is the consumption of unprocessed, whole plant-based, ideally organic foods. Nutritionists suggest that a minimum of three-quarters of a person’s diet should consist of uncooked food. The higher the proportion of raw foods in our diet, the healthier we will be.

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Why is raw food beneficial for one’s health? Experts and researchers in the field of health and nutrition have long stood by the benefits of raw food consumption. It is believed that just a little raw food in your diet can do wonders to your health. Raw food consumption can be an ideal way to get your daily quota of five portions of fruit and vegetables. It can help you get rid of stress, energizing your mind and body. Raw foods are full of essential nutrients, enzymes, vitamins and minerals, which are usually lost when processed or cooked. Not only this, raw foods are tad low on calories, they can help you maintain healthy skin, lustrous hair, better eyesight and can also help you boost your immunity and shed weight.(More: Busted! Common myths about raw food consumption.)

 

As they say, every good thing has a flip side to it, so does the raw food diet. Experts advise to exercise a little caution while consuming raw foods. Make sure that the foods and fruits are fresh. Wash them properly and if needed boil them. Do not use foods that have been stored for a long period of time. Take notice of the slightest of change in the natural colour or smell of the food. Ensure proper storage. Maintaining hygiene is of the utmost importance.
 
In India raw food consumption has not yet picked up as a trend. There are many factors that we can point to, the most important ones are poor hygiene and our extreme weather conditions. I personally remember the instance when I had consumed sliced raw cucumber from a local shop and ended up throwing up for a couple of days. Eating raw foods from the local shops can prove to be quite a daunting experience, as you never really know what kind of water is being used, how clean the cutlery is and above all, how hygiene friendly they themselves have been while handing over that plate of fruit salad to you. It is best to buy food items and make your own salads, smoothies and chaats at home, make sure that they are cleaned and washed properly.

Having said that, whether you plan to include a little raw food in your daily intake or want to be that dauntless enthusiast to plunge headlong into a full fledged raw food diet, we can ensure that you’ll never run short of recipe ideas. One of the best things about raw food is that you can cut them, mix them together with a bit of spices and herbs and add a little glamour to the otherwise bland affair. Read ahead to explore your options, from garden fresh salads to refreshing smoothies, here is our bumper list of recipes that will make you fall in love with raw food. Forget your cola and junk and get down to some serious raw food cooking!

Beet Feta and Orange Salad
Recipe by Vicky Ratnani

Experience the freshness and rich colours adorning your plate. Beetroot, oranges and lettuce come together, bathed in yogurt dressing and topped with nuts, herbs and feta.
 

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5 Best smoothies

Blend together some of your favourite fruits along with some milk or yogurt. Sip on the goodness or raw food and energize yourself.

 

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Mediterranean Watermelon Salad
Recipe by Vicky Ratnani

Here is a raw food treat that is wholesome and satisfying. Some of the best hydrating raw foods come together and create a colourful melange with an addition of subtle herbs and dressing.

 

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Mixed Vegetable SaladRecipe by Niru Gupta

Here is the world’s healthiest deal for you. A medley of greens and colourful veggies tossed in tangy vinegar and pepper. Add a bit of yogurt for that creamy texture and a dash of honey for the perfectly balanced flavour.

Raw Papaya Salad
Recipe by Roopa Gulati

Grated raw papaya, tossed in chilli sauce, red chillies, peanuts and lime juice and crowned with fresh coriander

 

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Green Salad With Feta
Recipe by Ritu Dalmia

Bright and fresh salad with crunchy nuts, salad greens, tomatoes, onions, lime juice and a drizzle of light dressing.

 

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Sproutamin Salad
Recipe by Vicky Ratnani

Indulge in a wholesome and nourishing goodness of this super salad. Throw in all your favourite fruits and bean sprouts. From kiwis, olives, cherry tomatoes to chowli, methi and other bean sprouts. Theses are mixed together with an addition of pepper, feta cheese and olive oil dressing.

 

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Aam Rass
Recipe by Niru Gupta
Sip on the nectar of on of your favourite fruit. Delighting, fresh, hydrating and energizing.

 

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Tabbouleh Salad
Recipe by Aditya Bal

It can’t get healthier than this! Bring on a healthy treat packed with daliya, mint, parsley and olives bathed in olive oil and pepper.

Apple and Celery Salad
Recipe by Aditya Bal

Fresh apples and garden fresh celery brought together with simple olive oil, honey and lime juice dressing.

 

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International Raw Food Day: What Does a Raw Food Diet Really Mean? – NDTV

11th July is celebrated every day as the International Raw Food Day. It is a day dedicated to spreading awareness about the benefits of raw food consumption. It also helps highlight its long term advantages for our health. The 21st century has seen a rapid increase in the trend of fast food and other processed foods that have led to the increase in obesity levels and other non-communicable diseases like cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, etc. In the wake of such trends catching up, health experts point at the emergent need to go back to the basics, to turn to nature and turn to into a raw food enthusiast.

So what exactly is raw foodism and where can we trace back its origins? The history of raw food consumption – as a dietary and health movement- can be traced back to 1830 when an American Presbyterian minister Sylvester Graham propagated the benefits of raw food diet to combat the cholera epidemic that the country was grappling with. Apparently, the Swiss would take away the credit for being amongst the first to develop raw food as a dietary health treatment. In the late 19th century, a Swiss doctor, Maximilian Bircher Benner stumbled upon the benefits of raw food diet. It was when he was suffering from jaundice that he ate a lot of raw apples and after his recovery he conducted experiments to study the effects of raw foods on human health and the immune system.

Shifting gears to the contemporary scenario now, raw food diets have been rapidly gaining popularity all across the world. From raw food movements like raw foodism and raw veganism to special raw juice camps held in places like Portugal. Raw food, simply speaking, is food that has not been cooked, processed or exposed to any kind of chemicals or food engineering. It is consumed in its rawest and freshest form, technically, it is food that is not cooked or heated above 118 degrees. The thrust of the raw food diet is the consumption of unprocessed, whole plant-based, ideally organic foods. Nutritionists suggest that a minimum of three-quarters of a person’s diet should consist of uncooked food. The higher the proportion of raw foods in our diet, the healthier we will be.

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Why is raw food beneficial for one’s health? Experts and researchers in the field of health and nutrition have long stood by the benefits of raw food consumption. It is believed that just a little raw food in your diet can do wonders to your health. Raw food consumption can be an ideal way to get your daily quota of five portions of fruit and vegetables. It can help you get rid of stress, energizing your mind and body. Raw foods are full of essential nutrients, enzymes, vitamins and minerals, which are usually lost when processed or cooked. Not only this, raw foods are tad low on calories, they can help you maintain healthy skin, lustrous hair, better eyesight and can also help you boost your immunity and shed weight.(More: Busted! Common myths about raw food consumption.)

 

As they say, every good thing has a flip side to it, so does the raw food diet. Experts advise to exercise a little caution while consuming raw foods. Make sure that the foods and fruits are fresh. Wash them properly and if needed boil them. Do not use foods that have been stored for a long period of time. Take notice of the slightest of change in the natural colour or smell of the food. Ensure proper storage. Maintaining hygiene is of the utmost importance.
 
In India raw food consumption has not yet picked up as a trend. There are many factors that we can point to, the most important ones are poor hygiene and our extreme weather conditions. I personally remember the instance when I had consumed sliced raw cucumber from a local shop and ended up throwing up for a couple of days. Eating raw foods from the local shops can prove to be quite a daunting experience, as you never really know what kind of water is being used, how clean the cutlery is and above all, how hygiene friendly they themselves have been while handing over that plate of fruit salad to you. It is best to buy food items and make your own salads, smoothies and chaats at home, make sure that they are cleaned and washed properly.

Having said that, whether you plan to include a little raw food in your daily intake or want to be that dauntless enthusiast to plunge headlong into a full fledged raw food diet, we can ensure that you’ll never run short of recipe ideas. One of the best things about raw food is that you can cut them, mix them together with a bit of spices and herbs and add a little glamour to the otherwise bland affair. Read ahead to explore your options, from garden fresh salads to refreshing smoothies, here is our bumper list of recipes that will make you fall in love with raw food. Forget your cola and junk and get down to some serious raw food cooking!

Beet Feta and Orange Salad
Recipe by Vicky Ratnani

Experience the freshness and rich colours adorning your plate. Beetroot, oranges and lettuce come together, bathed in yogurt dressing and topped with nuts, herbs and feta.
 

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5 Best smoothies

Blend together some of your favourite fruits along with some milk or yogurt. Sip on the goodness or raw food and energize yourself.

 

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Mediterranean Watermelon Salad
Recipe by Vicky Ratnani

Here is a raw food treat that is wholesome and satisfying. Some of the best hydrating raw foods come together and create a colourful melange with an addition of subtle herbs and dressing.

 

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Mixed Vegetable SaladRecipe by Niru Gupta

Here is the world’s healthiest deal for you. A medley of greens and colourful veggies tossed in tangy vinegar and pepper. Add a bit of yogurt for that creamy texture and a dash of honey for the perfectly balanced flavour.

Raw Papaya Salad
Recipe by Roopa Gulati

Grated raw papaya, tossed in chilli sauce, red chillies, peanuts and lime juice and crowned with fresh coriander

 

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Green Salad With Feta
Recipe by Ritu Dalmia

Bright and fresh salad with crunchy nuts, salad greens, tomatoes, onions, lime juice and a drizzle of light dressing.

 

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Sproutamin Salad
Recipe by Vicky Ratnani

Indulge in a wholesome and nourishing goodness of this super salad. Throw in all your favourite fruits and bean sprouts. From kiwis, olives, cherry tomatoes to chowli, methi and other bean sprouts. Theses are mixed together with an addition of pepper, feta cheese and olive oil dressing.

 

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Aam Rass
Recipe by Niru Gupta
Sip on the nectar of on of your favourite fruit. Delighting, fresh, hydrating and energizing.

 

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Tabbouleh Salad
Recipe by Aditya Bal

It can’t get healthier than this! Bring on a healthy treat packed with daliya, mint, parsley and olives bathed in olive oil and pepper.

Apple and Celery Salad
Recipe by Aditya Bal

Fresh apples and garden fresh celery brought together with simple olive oil, honey and lime juice dressing.

 

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