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All You Wanted to Know About the Raw Food Diet

All You Wanted to Know About the Raw Food Diet

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“ALL YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THERAW FOOD DIET”
Following The Raw Food Diet Is Easier Than YouThink
 
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Raw food diets can be a great way to not only loseweight, but also lead a much healthier, natural lifestylein general. Most raw food diets are plant-based, with atleast 75% of the diet composed of raw food.Food examples include living and raw fruits,vegetables, nuts, seeds, rolled or flaked grains, andseaweeds. Some people may still also eat cooked grains andlegumes, fresh fish and poultry. But, for the strict rawfood diet, nothing should be heated over 116 degreesFahrenheit.Some raw food dieters can be classified as vegans aswell, but not all are.The following report is meant to give an introductionto raw food diets and provide some sample recipes that youcan try.
Part One: A Defining Moment
Before jumping into the nuts and buts of a raw fooddiet, it would be a good idea to define some key terms.
Raw:
a material that is in its natural, unprocessed form,e.g. a food that has not been cooked
Vegan:
a person who lives by a philosophy and lifestylethat seeks to exclude the use of animals for food
Enzymes:
biomolecules that catalyze, i.e. increase therates of, chemical reactions
 
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Legumes
: the seedpod of a leguminous plant (such as peas orbeans or lentils)
Unpasteurized:
refers to a liquid that has not gone throughthe process of heating for the purpose of destroyingbacteria, protozoa, molds, and yeast.
Organic:
in reference to foods that are grown without theuse of conventional pesticides, artificial fertilizers,human waste, or sewage sludge, and that were processedwithout ionizing radiation or food additives.
To Raw or Not To Raw: Simple Pros and Cons
 PROS:
 
raw food diets have proven to improve digestion aswell as other general digestive disorders
 
research supports that a diet of at least 75% rawfoods can help prevent illness and cancer
 
a diet rich in traditional nutrient dense foods hasbeen linked to greater overall dental health
 
those who select a raw food diet often report losingweight and maintaining the weight loss by continuingthe diet
 
some research supports that a raw food diet increasesthe intake of antioxidants, thus slowing downpremature aging
 
skin complexion is often enhanced by the raw food diet
 
those who chose a raw food diet often report anincrease in energy and a general feeling of “well-being”

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