Benefits of a Raw Food Diet
We eat so much in the way of processed food that we don’t often stop to think about what we’re putting into our bodies, and how far we’ve come nutritionally from our ancestral, agrarian roots.
A raw food diet means consuming food in its natural, unprocessed state as processing and cooking food can take so much of the basic nutritional value away. Have you ever heard that it is a good idea not to peel carrots or potatoes too deeply, because most of the nutrients and values are just under the surface?
The raw food diet means eating unprocessed, uncooked, organic, whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, dried fruits, seaweeds, etc. It means a diet that is at least 75% uncooked or raw as cooking can take out flavor and nutrition from fruits and vegetables.
A raw food diet means eating more like our ancient ancestors did; our healthier and more fit ancestors. They cooked very little, ate most of their food in its natural state and for the most part didn’t cook or process fruits and vegetables. Also their water wasn’t from a tap; it was natural, spring water.
Eating raw just make sense that this is how our bodies were meant to eat. This is a way of eating in harmony with the planet and with our own metabolisms. Our bodies were meant to work to be efficient. While that does means exercise it also means eating natural, raw foods that require more energy to digest them.