The Raw Food Diet

A Raw Food diet advocates believe that it provides more energy for the body and lessens the risk of disease. However, further studies are needed to prove such. As some researchers believe that raw diet can also deprive important nutrients from the body, which could potentially lead to severe undernourishment.

Raw foodists, as these people are called, lives out with dietary patterns that consist of uncooked and unprocessed plant-based foods in their most natural state. Raw food diet is believed to be the most healthful for the body. According to them, it is a lifestyle, and not just a plain method of weight reduction or dieting. The uncooked foods which compose more than 75percent of the dietary patterns are prepared in by ways like peeled, chopped, strained, blended and dehydrated. Aside from whole vegetables and fruits, among the staple food ingredients for raw food diets include seaweed, sprouts, seeds, whole grains, beans, legumes, dried fruits and nuts. On the other hand, processed and refined foods like sugar and caffeine are prohibited.

As raw food diet is a subtype of vegetarianism, raw foodists mainly do not eat meat in their diets, but some do eat eggs and cheese as long as they are derived from raw and unpasteurized milk. A raw food diet is prepared through food dehydrators that make the vegetables crunchy. The dehydrator heats the food, but not as high as 115 to118 degrees. Several recipes are also widely known nowadays utilizing raw fruits and vegetables.

There are many challenges in raw diet, though. Medical literature on the raw food diet is limited. Researchers focus vegetarianism and veganism and the health benefits of a plant-based diet, but only a few focuses on the specific effect of cooking the vegetables that reduces the nutritional contents of the vegetables. Although, a study that reflects the effect of raw food diet on certain cancers like that of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, and gastric system gives raw food diet a positive light. Additionally, the the raw food diet is a diets That workTel fast . The downside is that one study showed that a diet of only raw food can cause interruptions to the menstrual cycle due to drastic weight loss.

Whether raw food diet is healthy or not, the final decision is yet unknown because studies are still ongoing. Accordingly, raw foodists have been found out to have adequate levels of vitamin A and carotenoids which are seen on raw and fresh fruits and vegetables. These certain chemicals are known to protect the body against chronic diseases. However, they are also seen to have low levels of lycopene, which is only derived when tomatoes are cooked. Lycopene plays a great role in preventing diseases like cancer, etc. Another thing would be the limited acquisition of vitamin B12, which is available on animal foods and products. Vitamin B12 deficiency results to anemia and neurological impairment. In addition, raw foodists do not eat fish, they may not get enough essential substances like omega 3 fatty acids. For the raw foodists who are slim, there can be risk of low bone mass in the hips and the lumbar spine and hip.

Should an individual decide to be a raw foodist, a complete nutritional requirement should be focused to suffice the body's daily need. This is achieved through variation of the different foods raw food diet could offer, alongside with the necessary supplements to maintain a healthy diet.


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Raw Food For Health

Raw food is nature fresh, organic and uncooked food. It is full of enzymes, vitamins, minerals, proteins and all other types of nutrients which are vital for healthy and long life of human beings. When the food is cooked, the vital nutrients in it are destroyed and what remains is toxic waste.

Advantages of Raw Food

Raw food provides living nutrition. The live food eaters always feel better and have zest for life and work. Raw food is a great source of energy and stamina. Those who eat raw and organic food diet enjoy a greater sense of well being. They always feel light, relaxed and euphoric. They experience better quality rest, sound sleep and feel fresh after short rest. Raw food eaters remain more mentally alert and physically active. Their thinking is always clear, sharp and logical. Raw food accelerates weight loss in shorter span of time. You feel easy on stomach. Raw food eliminates the toxic wastes that accumulate in the body due to the consumption of cooked and dead foods.
Those who eat live foods, especially in conjunction with an exercise regime, experience drastic weight loss. This is great for those people who need to lose weight. Raw and living food eaters have easy and regular motions and do not suffer from constipation and allied diseases like obesity, indigestion, headaches, nausea and so on.

Raw and organic food diet ensures a stress free and healthy life style. You can devote your time to your work more creatively and realize higher output from your work. All the creatures of nature except human beings eat raw and living food and live disease free and healthy life. They do not, in short, suffer from the health problems that the human beings suffer from eating cooked and dead food.

Cooking kills the living food nutrients

Cooking destroys the vital nutrients such as vitamins, proteins and minerals in the food. Proteins get coagulated and delaminated as is evident from the eggs and cheese when they are heated to only 118 degrees. Cooked proteins putrefy in the digestive tract and create numerous toxins such as ptomaines, leukomaines, mercaptans, indoles, skatoles, ammonias, hydrogen sulfide, putrescine, cadaverine and many more health hazards. The affected proteins enter the blood stream, kill our immune system and cause numerous diseases.

Research conducted by the prestigious National Academy of Science's National Research Council and published in its book "Diet, Nutrition and Cancer," categorically states that fire cooking generates mutagens and carcinogens in foods. Cooking destroys vitamins and minerals which lose their organic nature. Burnt out proteins combine wit saturated fats and cholesterol in the circulatory system and choke it up with cement like plaque. Over 90% Americans have plaque in their arteries which causes numerous cardiac and other problems.

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100 percent bananas? Meet the fruitarians, who believe we can live on raw fruit alone – Salon

Last week almost 600 people trekked to the Adirondacks to upstate New York’s Camp Walden, the site of the annual Woodstock Fruit Festival. If the name Woodstock evokes indulgent images of hedonism and hallucinogens, think again. The only type of high at this gathering is a fructose high. The festival, dubbed the “Super Bowl of Health, Fitness, and Social Events,” is an annual assembly of fruitarians, health-obsessed followers of a diet that some call revolutionary and others consider a new extreme eating cult.  

The eight-day Woodstock Fruit Festival was started in 2011 by Michael Arnstein, a lithe 39-year-old former ultra marathoner who had adopted a fruit-based diet three years earlier. Arnstein has credited his practice of eating almost entirely fruit (as much as 30 pounds a day, as he told the late Details magazine in 2012) to improving his eyesight, lowering his body fat and staving off illness. As a competitive athlete, he had originally tried the diet to improve his stamina and cross the finish line faster, and it worked. And within a few months, he had shaved 17 minutes off his previous personal best time in the marathon. Now Arnstein is a cornerstone figure in the world of fruitarianism, most often considered raw veganism at its most extreme, the kind of diet that makes hard-core paleo and vegan regimens seem like a fast food binge.

While there’s no single way to be a fruitarian, generally the diet requires making 75 percent or more of your daily food intake raw fruit, which includes everything from acid fruits like citrus and pineapple, to sweet fruits like bananas to various dried fruit. The consumption of seeds and nuts, though tolerated, is frowned on by hard-liners.

After launching his informational site The Fruitarian (which is geared toward athletes like himself), Arnstein founded the Woodstock Fruit Festival to connect with like-minded fans of fruitarian eating. The festival’s attendance has grown from 150 people in its inaugural year to almost 600. The fest might be thought of as adult summer camp for fruit fanatics or, say, a sweet, wholesome, unpeeled Burning Man (sans salt, alcohol or caffeine). With some exceptions, the crowd is made up of mostly lean, dreadlocked drum circle leaders and aspiring yogis with whimsically painted faces. And though you don’t have to be in aspirational shape to attend, it helps.

Activities include everything from the expected exercises (yoga, meditation) to lectures (for example, “Are You an Angry Vegan?” and “How to Use the Right Herbs and Supplements to Overcome Nutritional Deficiencies and Thrive in Your Raw Food Lifestyle”), and social activities (late-night dance parties and speed dating but no Bananagrams). One of the festival’s most popular events is the “Midnight Durian Vampire Party,” a near-Dionysian ritual where carts of the pungent Durian fruit are wheeled out in the middle of the night to ecstatic revelers like the man who swore that “your body craves that sulphur flavor. . . . If there’s something you miss eating, durian starts to taste just like it.” 

Fruitarianism is hardly a formal practice. It can be traced back to 1918, when an Australian newspaper wrote about it, and Steve Jobs tried it out in the 1970s when it first started gaining a following in the U.S. But the trend didn’t take off until 2006, when Douglas Graham self-published “The 80/10/10 Diet,” which posits that a person’s consumption of 80 percent of his or her calories from fruit-based carbohydrates, 10 percent from fat and 10 percent in protein will result in weight loss, increased energy and mental clarity and all around better health.

The uncomplicated nature of the fruitarian diet (no difficult to find ingredients, cumbersome calorie counting or nutritional equations) and the fact that its staples taste good and available at every supermarket make it stand out among diet fads.

“The fruitarian diet is based on what we’re designed to eat as opposed to a diet that will produce health improvements,” Don Bennett, director of the Health 101 Institute, told Salon. Bennett has been following an all-fruit diet for 25 years and is a mainstay at the festival, counseling others on the power of fresh produce.

“Personally, my body was able to heal permanent nerve damage and my vitality increased noticeably,” Bennett added. “Those who . . . have transitioned to the diet and who are doing it successfully don’t tend to go back to what they once ate. So the recidivism rate is far lower than any other diet. It provides the best odds of never getting a serious diagnosis.”

That may not matter to the more than 700,000 people who follow the notorious Freelee the Banana Girl on YouTube. Freelee, who has claimed to eat as many as 51 bananas a day, has brought attention — and controversy — to the movement in recent years. One of the most recognizable figures of fruitarianism, Freelee is regularly accused of bullying others into adopting the lifestyle. She is a social media star, yes, but she has her share of haters.

Fruitarianism has been criticized for its extreme and cultish nature. It’s not surprising perhaps that it has begun to flourish at a time when orthorexia, a recently identified eating disorder characterized by an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating, has moved into the vernacular.

Some experts have expressed concerns over what seem like obvious nutritional deficiencies. “Don’t think a fruitarian diet is a safe or beneficial eating plan,” LeeAnn Weintraub, a Los Angeles-based registered dietitian nutritionist told Salon. “Although fruit is healthy, it’s primarily carbohydrates, and the body requires protein and fat, as well as micronutrients like iron, calcium and some B vitamins, which cannot be obtained in adequate amounts from fruit alone.”

“I’m also concerned about the high sugar content of this kind of diet without the balance of protein and healthy fats,” she said.

Ashton Kutcher experienced this firsthand, when he found himself in the hospital after adopting a fruitarian diet to play Steve Jobs in the 2013 biopic “Jobs.” Kutcher told reporters, “My insulin levels got pretty messed up and my pancreas kind of went into some crazy, the levels were really off and it was painful. I didn’t know what was wrong.”

None of that seems to make a difference to the devotees who eagerly consumed 100,000 pounds of raw fruit at the Woodstock Fruit Festival. To be sure, the fruitarian movement certainly offers more exotic retreats for the ultra committed like Costa Rica. But if you’re intrigued at the prospect of spending a week opening a thousand coconuts, peeling twice that many bananas and bonding over the joys of a bottomless fruit salad bar that never closes, the Woodstock Fruit Festival is now taking reservations for next year.

Does the Raw Food Diet Promote Healthy Eating and Weight Loss?

My clients ask me about many different diet programs and what I think of the overall effectiveness of each. A number of them have asked me about the Raw Food Diet so I thought it would be a good topic to cover in today's article.

The Raw Food Diet has been around for some time now, so unlike some upstart programs, we have actual data to work with. Of course, many models and Hollywood types swear by this diet program but if history has taught us anything, we need to look closely and any diet coming from those sources.

The raw food diet is just that. You eat the bulk of your food in its raw state. Depending on the program, this can equal 75-80% of your meal with some die hards looking at the 85-90% range. Why should the food be raw? Many believe that when you cook the food you lose many of the helpful nutrients and more importantly destroy natural enzymes that help in the process digestion. Some of us already include many raw foods into our regular diets but not normally at those suggested levels.

Is It A Good Idea To Be On The Raw Food Diet?

There are some good and not so good points with this diet. Good points include the introduction of fresh fruits and vegetables which many of us do not tend to get enough of in our daily diets. Generally, the raw food diet also includes such items as fresh made juices, seaweed (if you can handle it), seeds (sunflower, etc.) and nuts. You can include dried fruits if the drying process does not require high temperatures as this would be considered 'cooking' the fruit. All of these foods will introduce additional nutrients that you body requires, which is always a good thing. Some doctors also advocate that the more raw foods you eat, the less likely you will contract diseases such as cancer.

Now for some not so good points. The diets where you eat 80-90% raw food actually requires you to become a vegetarian or vegan. Although this lifestyle has its benefits many of us are not looking in that direction as we just want to lose weight. With the 75-80% plan, there is still some flexibility to eat other foods thus becoming a vegetarian is not required. Proteins are required in our everyday diets and although nuts contain protein, only meats contain essential amino acids in levels that we need. Raw food diets also tend to be higher in natural fiber, which can lead to some embarrassing moments if we are not use to eating these foods. Organic foods do cost more but are also suggested as non-organic will tend to be exposed to pesticides, which could lead to medical issues if you are ingesting large quantities. Many doctors believe that a diet at even 75-80% raw food might be to much as it is not a true balanced diet. They all agree that raw foods are required in a healthy diet but these levels are a little high.

Would I suggest the raw food diet for weight loss?

If you are planning on a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, go for it as you have already made that choice. For the rest of us, eating such a high level of raw foods can become very uncomfortable if not boring. It is sort of like investing in the stock market. If you invest to heavily in one type of stock, you will not have a balanced portfolio and you are putting your money at risk. The same can be said bout your diet. It needs to be well-balanced (meats, fruits and vegetables) to introduce weight loss and ensure that your body is not put at risk. Properly cooked foods will still provide you with the nutrients that you body needs and adding additional raw foods will help make it a better balanced diet. A healthy and well balanced diet will help you lose your excess weight quicker than you can imagine and without any gimmicks.



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