Why it Matters
What is a raw food diet? It is an eating pattern that is mostly plant-based, with low protein and lots of healthy fats. Staples of this diet include vegetables, nuts, seeds, and sprouted grains. However, most people need a balance of macronutrients including protein, fats, and carbohydrates. The ideology behind raw food is that cooking over 116 degrees Fahrenheit destroys all the living enzymes that help digestion, and that cooking food also diminishes the vitamin and mineral content of food. Digestive enzymes are used by the body to break down foods for absorption into the body. Incorporating more fruits and vegetables is beneficial for many chronic diseases due to their high phytonutrient and anti-oxidant content.
Putting into Practice
* Incorporate a variety of fruits and vegetables to ensure adequate nutrient intake
* Summer is a great time to incorporate raw foods because more fruits and vegetables are in season
* This diet can require a lot of creative cooking and be time consuming
A raw food diet is not for everyone! Listen to your body first and foremost.