In recent years there has been a resurgence in demand and interest of raw foods. Many proponents of this type of diet cite the fact that cooking destroys important nutrients and enzymes. The defining trait of this type of eating is the consumption of unprocessed and uncooked foods. Organic foods often make up a large part of this type of diet although they are not a necessity for all who practice.
Most people consuming raw foods are specifically raw food vegans although there are some groups that consume meat dishes such as sushi, unpasteurized milk and eggs. In the US raw food diets seem to be especially popular in west coast states such as California. Worldwide it is also seeing growth in European countries like Germany and the UK
Many people are motivated to start a raw food diet in an effort to lose weight and although this diet can work well in that respect, most agree a better goal is better health overall. One of the concerns doctors and nutritionist will have about those looking to start a vegan raw food diet is that they continue to get all the necessary nutrients. In fact this is not all that difficult if you know what to eat. Getting enough calcium is important and carrots are great in that respect since they contain a high amount. Carrots are also high in manganese, vitamin A and B6. Other sources would be calcium fortified tofu, soy milk and orange juice.
The other problem nutrient that vegans sometimes neglect would be protein, however it's actually very easy to meet your daily protein requirements. Foods such as oatmeal, soymilk, bagels, peanut butter and tofu are full of proteins. Other foods such as green leafy vegetables, raw nuts such as cashews, almonds and peanuts can also help round out dietary needs.
In short successfully switching over to a raw food diet can be a very healthy and fulfilling choice. Many of its benefits include weight loss, less acne, improved stamina and helping to prevent illnesses such as diabetes. Of course it's always good to consult your doctor or nutritionist if your serious about giving it a try.