Raw Vegetarian food diet
On the road to good health, there are many forks. Some paths, such as vegetarianism or the Mediterranean diet, have considerable science supporting them. Others, such as the vegan or plant-based diet, which shuns all animal products including eggs and dairy, are winning converts.
And then there's a new offshoot, the raw vegan diet, which deems cooking to be unnatural and unhealthy.
An increasing number of celebrities — most recently, tennis sensation Venus Williams — swear by this diet as the best way to prevent and reverse diseases and to stay young and vital. Testimonials from ordinary folks are endless, boasting advantages along the lines of having more energy, better skin, improved relationships with woodland creatures and so on.
But on your road to good health, the raw vegan diet would likely be a U-turn. If you are already vegan or vegetarian, you have nothing to gain and much to lose by going totally or even mostly raw. Even doctors who prescribe and live by a vegan diet caution their patients against attempting a raw diet.
The reason? You would greatly reduce the types of foods you can eat. And you would do so in vain, because most of the raw vegan principles are based on misconceptions about human nutrition, and work counter to good health. [7 Medical Myths Even Doctors Believe]
This article addresses five such principles that are either half true or completely false.
What is raw veganism?
First, a primer: Raw veganism is a plant-based diet that involves no cooking. No food is heated above 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius). Foods are eaten fresh, dehydrated with low heat or fermented.
A core tenet of the diet is that heating food above 104 degrees not only diminishes its nutrients, but also makes the food toxic and less digestible. In raw vegan parlance, cooking is killing. Many raw vegans speak of "live" foods versus "dead" foods, and they aren't talking about sushi, so fresh it still wiggles.
Live or uncooked foods are said to be filled with vital life energy. In this way, raw veganism is an extension of the vegan appreciation for animal welfare, with the added spirituality of a life force, called chi or prana. Dead or cooked foods are said to be depleted of their life energy, as well as most of their nutrients.
Juicing and blending "green smoothies" often are key elements of this diet.
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Try a vegetarian, vegan or raw diet2010-04-03 13:48:07 by starrcandE
And see how you feel. Although I became vegetarian over 10 years ago, I've never felt as healthy, energetic or alive as I do now eating raw, organic and natural food. My diet does not include meat, and I try and stay far away from soy, dairy, bread and sugar for many personal and health reasons. I also make sure to pay close attention to vitamins and nutrients and take a special multivitamin and a calcium + D + K supplement daily.
You are what you eat so try to make the healthiest decisions for your body and life as possible! :)
PS. Oatmeal baths do wonders to soothe your skin.
Raw Vegan Food Diet2004-03-06 15:06:54 by janineeo
I was thinking about converting to a raw vegan food diet for the obvious benefits, but I don't know anybody that follows this style of eating. Can anyone give me an experienced opinion on it? Also, does anyone know if I would be at risk for developing deficiencies as a woman eating only raw vegan foods? Right now, I am mostly a vegetarian (no red meat, poultry, pork or dairy) and I do eat fish every now and then, which leaves me well-balanced. I appreciate any insight you may have. Thanks!
Raw diet doesn't mean vegetarian diet but most2013-07-07 05:36:46 by raw-enthusiasts-tend-tow
Ard vegan or vegetarian. A hard core live food person will still consider meat as a food, regardless whether they eat meat or not. Some think eating meat is not the issue, the only issue is whether you can eat that food raw. Meat that is raw is healthier in terms of all the enzymes still active in it.