Sunday, December 21, 2008

A RAW FOOD DIET...A sign of the times

Like miniskirts and platform shoes, raw food diets are making a comeback. Unfortunately it has taken a little longer than the latest fads in fashion with consequences that could prove deadly. Being groggy, tired, or disease stricken has made people think twice about what they are putting in their mouths.
Raw Food Advocates believe eating raw is the only logical diets for humans as it supports the enzymes and nutritional values needed to aid the body in maintaining a healthy digestion.
If done properly, the benefits of a raw food diet is endless. Weight loss is one of the most obvious benefits though not a mandatory result. Most raw foodists eat a large amount of plant food which lowers calorie and fat intake. However the increased consumption of seeds and nuts can reduce or eliminate this factor all together if it's not desired. Improved digestion, increased metabolism and energy are yet more benefits of eating raw. One of the most important benefits of a raw food diet is its protective effects. Scientific evidence supports the lowered risk of several types of cancer. Raw foods with an emphasis on fruit possess properties that help to reduce the risk of developing cancer. Fruits highest in fiber include, raspberries, pears, and apples; highest in vitamin A and C include apples, avocados and bananas. All of these are especially good for fighting cancer. The raw food diet has countless other benefits, that sadly we don't get from the typical "American Western Diet". For instance, a raw food diet contains fewer trans fat and saturated fat, it is also lower in sodium but higher in benefits such as potassium, magnesium, folate, fiber and health-promoting plant chemicals called phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are plant-derived chemical compounds under scientific research for their potential health-promoting properties. "Phytonutrients" are plant-derived essential nutrients scientifically confirmed as important to human health.
Whether you decide to go completely raw or incorporate raw into your lifestyle the benefits of eating "healing" foods in their natural state far exceed eating the all too familiar synthetic foods created in modern corporate kitchens. Remember food is meant to "heal" not "kill."

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