Should you go on a raw food diet? – Femina

 

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As the name suggests, this one requires you to eat only uncooked food that is heated to not more than 140°F or 40°- 46 °C. We list the pros and cons.

PROS
Uncooked food tends to retain all its water-soluble vitamins, like vitamin C. It also eliminates all processed foods from your diet. So it’s automatically free of transfats, saturated fats, refined flours, sugars and sodium. Also, since the diet is abundant in fruits and vegetables, it helps ease constipation and keeps your cholesterol and blood pressure levels in check.” This diet is rich in healthy fat and fibre. Preeti Seth, cosmetologist and nutritionist at Pachouli Spa & Wellness Centre, Delhi says that it works very well for weight loss.

CONS
First and foremost, Seth warns that it’s very difficult to live on uncooked food and it takes a lot of motivation to keep going. Besides, cooking sometimes increases the amount of essential nutrients in the foods, like lycopene. More importantly, cooking tends to destroy any toxins and bacteria in the food. Raw foods can lead to stomach infections (food poisoning and gastroenteritis). They are not gentle on the digestive system. A 100 per cent raw food diet is not the best choice for everyone. Mamtaa Joshi, image and fitness consultant, says, “Most of us need some balance between cooked and raw foods for optimal vitality over the long term.”

 

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