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The Raw Food Diet/
Raw Foods Diet Review


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The Raw Food Diet/ Raw Foods Diet is based on Raw Foodism which means eating only raw foods.  The diet includes unprocessed uncooked foods, preferably organic.   The belief is that this kind of a diet is healthier.  

What you can eat:

The diet consists mostly of fruits and vegetables, seeds, nuts and sprouted grains, all raw and uncooked.  Some variations include meat, raw eggs, fish, and unpasteurized dairy products.  You can eat your food cold or you can warm it, just keep it under 118° F.  Food processors, dehydrators, and blenders are allowed.

Some simply processed foods may be allowed which include fermented foods (such as yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kombucha) cheese, and certain types of sprouted seeds.  

Click here for a list of the raw foods that you can eat.

Although cooking is not involved, preparation can get involved, creative, and imaginative.  

The Raw Food Diet is high in fiber, magnesium, folate, potassium, antioxidants, and Vitamin A.  Fiber will help you to feel full and satisfied.  The diet is thought to lower inflammation.

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What you cannot eat:

Generally, you cannot eat foods that are cooked, homogenized, pasteurized, or foods that are produced with synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, chemical food additives, or industrial solvents.  

Beware:

The greatest risk of a raw food diet is food poisoning.  Be sure to wash your foods carefully and thoroughly.   Due to the food poisoning risk, the raw food diet is not recommended for children, seniors, and pregnant  women.  People with immune system disorders, kidney disease, or chronic diseases should not use this diet.  Always consult with your health care provider before making any change that might involve your health.

Although only a few studies have been made regarding this diet, one raw food study which was published in the Journal of Nutrition links this diet with an elevation in the risk factors for heart disease.  Researchers learned that 38% of the people studied who had been on this diet for at least two years had a Vitamin B12 deficiency and the 51% had elevated homocysteine levels.  both of these factors are considered to be independent risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

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Foods you want to avoid:

Some raw beans are considered safe to eat after being soaked and sprouted, but raw beans such as fava beans, kidney beans, and soy beans are not considered safe to eat.

Other foods that are not considered safe to eat:
 
    Parsnips
    Mushrooms
    Buckwheat greens
    Peas
    Rhubarb leaves
    Potatoes
    Cassava and cassava flour
    Taro

If you are considering a raw foodism, the following equipment will be helpful.

Blender for smoothies, soup, nut milks
Dehydrator for crispiness and dryness
Thermometer to ensure that foods stay below 118° F
Mini-blender to be used for chopping or grinding food
Juicer
Spiral Slicer turns veggies into spiral shapes
Food processor
Large trays or containers for soaking and sprouting seeds, grains, and beans 

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Cost:  

Your food cost will probably go up due to the higher cost of organic foods.

Level of Difficulty:

The level of difficulty for this diet is high.  Food preparation skills will take time to develop, eating  out is difficult.  Shopping may require specialized stores.  This is a hard diet to maintain.

Is this diet safe?

Experts seem to feel that this diet creates a high risk of vitamin and mineral deficiencies such as iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and vitamin D.  This diet is also linked to low bone mass.  Cooking food helps protect us from food borne illnesses which include E.coli.
 
Does the diet work?

Yes, you should lose weight.  You will be removing most foods which contribute to weight gain, sine the diet is low in calories, sugar, sodium, trans fat, and saturated fat.  

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Positives:

lose weight
reducing inflammation
more dietary fiber
better digestion
better health
heart healthy
more energy
feel better
look better and younger, clearer skin
reducing or lowering the risk of cancer
eliminating constipation
lowering carcinogens in your diet
higher antioxidant levels
low sodium
lower risks of obese related diseases

Negatives:

highly restrictive
vitamin and mineral deficiencies are possible
nutritionally inadequate
food illnesses are possible
food poisoning is possible
food preparation
no packaged food
no prepared meals
no fast food
many dieters are not knowledgeable enough
highly difficult
Supplementation seems to be necessary

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Conclusion:

The diet is healthy and should help you to lose weight and look and feel younger.  This diet is hard to follow and hard to maintain. Because the level of difficulty is high, and the diet may be lacking in essential nutrients such as zinc, iron, protein, calcium, vitamin B12, and vitamin D,  I do not feel that most people will be able to remain on this diet.  I do not recommend this diet for most people.  
Thank you for reading, my friends, I wish you success on your weight loss journey.

Kind regards,
George Pierce
Founder Win At Losing Weight

Click here for a list of the raw foods that you can eat.

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