Raw Food Diet Facts
Raw food diet facts, like all diets, depend on whom you ask. That is, every one has an opinion—from those who spout that eating raw means being mostly vegetarian, to those who warn you that eating uncooked meats can be very dangerous. (It can be, but so can driving a car.)
So we’ve set out to educate you on how to eat healthier. Yes, we believe eating raw is healthier, and for the most part, even those who quickly point out the possible risks have to admit that a nutritional, vitamin-rich diet is best found in eating raw products.
Raw food facts, myths and other important information
Are all raw food diets the same?
No. In fact there’s a big debate. Some advocates of raw food suggest that you have to eat 100% raw foods while others say that you just have to focus on eating more raw foods. What we find is that eating completely raw for most people is impractical. We advocate healthy living—eating 50% of your foods in their natural form will give your body a boost in vitamins and minerals. As you make this transition, be prepared to desire less cooked foods and desire more raw products—don’t concern yourself with perfection.
Can I eat meat?
Yes! Although some will argue that eating raw meat is dangerous, the reality is that raw meat is safely consumed all over the world. A few examples are sushi, Carpaccio, tartar and even ceviche; although, you’ll find some of the more raw food purist will quickly remind you that ceviche is not 100% raw. When incorporating meat in your raw diet, it is important to follow sound hygienic rules and only eat fresh, quality meat.
Does it mean I can’t eat anything cooked?
Excessive heat is really the enemy of eating raw. You can warm or even cook some of your foods within 105 to 115 degree Fahrenheit and still qualify your food as raw. You’ll want to learn about dehydrators, which use a heat source and airflow to reduce the water content in raw foods and preserve/extend the shelf life of various foods.
How do I start eating raw?
Start slow. Focus on consuming 25% of your foods raw and working your way up to 50%. Once you reach 50%, you'll find that your body will stop craving cooked food—finding easier to reach an even higher percentage (70-80%)
How am I going to get my proteins?
Raw fruits (4-8% of calories from protein) and vegetables and leafy greens (15-20% of calories from protein) actually give you all the protein you need, plus if you apply a low amount of meats, you are more likely to have an overdose of proteins than to suffer from a lack of it.
Aren’t fruits full of sugars?
Yes, but the Dr. Atkins theory is actually faulty. To start, the Atkins Diet doesn’t distinguish between simple and complex carbohydrates. Fruits are filled with simple carbohydrates, which the body quickly turns into fuel. In the quest for weight loss, the Atkins Diet stops you from having a balanced healthy diet.
Will I lose muscle mass?
If you call the fat around your muscles mass, the answer is yes. Raw food diets are rich in nutrients, proteins, natural energy, vitamins and minerals—fat around your muscles is not something we can promise. However, lean muscle mass will remain and can only be diminished by lack of exercise.
Will I lose energy?
On the contrary, you’ll gain lots of energy and you’ll notice it. It’s part of the way your body will tell you to give it more raw food.
Will I lose weight?
This varies between people and body types. However, most often the loss of weight is associated with excess weight to begin with. There are three types of weight loss: muscle loss, which is associated with lack of exercise; water loss, which is usually the first to go and the one that will show the largest loss of body mass, and fat, which is usually lost at a rate of one pound per week.
Do I need to take vitamin supplements?
No. Vitamins come from food, not chemicals. Raw food practitioners can trust that with a balanced raw food diet, their bodies will be more nourished than ever. Having said this, as you begin to change your lifestyle, your body will be adjusting—you may find that as you learn to balance your new diet, you need to supplement it with natural-based vitamins.
Should I first consult with my doctor?
This is a tough one. Traditional medicine is built on the belief of patent medicine. Chemically generated products are produced and prescribed to cure what usually comes from unhealthy and unbalanced diets. Your body is a machine that is affected by the toxins you put in it. As you remove these toxins, your engine gets cleaner. Although we can’t advise you not to consult your doctor, we encourage you to learn more about eating raw and having an educated conversation with him or her. Any doctor will admit that eliminating processed foods is good for you—just don’t ask them to change their mind on your next visit.