A growing number of people believe that the healthiest diets (not to mention a quick way to loose weight and keep it off) are those that consist of mostly raw food. However, “raw foodies” take the concept even further by refusing to eat anything that is cooked or processed.
Although most raw food are omnivores who eat both raw plants and animals including: beans and legumes, fresh fruit and vegetables, dried fruits, grains, nuts and seeds, juices, coconut milk, grains , seaweeds, suchi and sashimi, eggs, meat, and purified (not tap) water, others choose to stick to primarily vegan diet (refusing to eat any animals). Meanwhile “raw carnivores” only eat organic uncooked meat products, although they are generally rare bunch.
Despite possible differences in menu choices, all, however adhere to the belief that “the higher the proportion of raw foods in our diet, the healthier they will be.” They also maintain that consuming uncooked foods “enhance the our ability to prevent and fight diseases, especially chronic diseases.” In fact, it has already been proven that raw vegetables and fruits have the fewest calories per bite, as well as the ability to helps control blood pressure. Since raw food diets are generally low in sodium as well as carbohydrates and sugar, they can also lower the risk of stroke, heart attack, osteoporosis, stomach cancer, and type 2 diabetes. Meanwhile switching to a raw food diet can help people lose weight quickly and keep it off.
Yet, while raw foodies also believe that essential enzymes are destroyed if the food is heated to above 116°F, they may leave themselves open to dangers such as food poisoning and life-threatening diseases caused by salmonella, listeria and e.coli if certain precautions are not adhered to. Because of these potential risks, many health experts warn that a raw foods diet should be avoided by pregnant women, young children, senior adults, and people with weak immune systems, as well as anyone with chronic medical conditions like kidney disease.
However, while raw foods are rich in life-supporting enzymes, they are often rife with bacteria, molds and parasites. In fact, despite the fact that cooking doesn’t always destroy all parasites, (including worrns) it dramatically cuts down on the amount found in foods (particularly meat). Animal foods are the biggest source of bacteria. That is why it is extremely important to take care to keep your kitchen especially clean when dealing with raw foods. This not only goes for countertops, but knives, and other utensils, as well as plates and cutting boards. You also need to always wash both the food items and your hands before preparing and eating your meals. Additional precautions include always purchasing your groceries from sources you trust; and keep them refrigerated until needed.
Note, you should never leave foods (particularly animal products) out of the refrigerator for more than 2-hours. Other suggestions included disinfecting your groceries with food grade hydrogen peroxide (a single drop is said to be more effective than cooking); and do a complete parasite cleanse of your entire kitchen at least 2-times a year.