When most people think about eating food, they visualize food that is cooked. But there are times when many of us just want to eat food in its natural state. This does not mean eating uncooked meat, such as steak and ground beef. I am talking plant foods, as in fruits and vegetables.
Since this year is dubbed as “the year of the green,” many individuals not only adopting the economical way of overall living, but also eating greener. Why not try eating organic raw foods? This type of diet is based on foods that are not cooked, such as grains, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and beans. Unlike cooked or processed foods, which kills the enzymes that are present if the food is cooked one hundred sixteen degrees Fahrenheit. As a result, it is possible to reduce the nutritional benefits that these foods provide.
But for individuals to become very successful at having a raw food diet, the foods must be approximately seventy-five percent organic or raw. Recently, there was a special that was broadcast on The Weather Channel on the climate change and its impact on the environment as a whole. On this show, there was a couple who decided to open a restaurant that specializes only in organic raw foods. This couple opened up this restaurant after one of them suffered a stroke, which he recovered after eating uncooked foods. Eating organic raw foods do have its benefits.
One of its health benefits is that the sodium level is low and the potassium level is high, as in other nutrients, such as folate and fiber. This diet is also helpful in the reduction of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. According to recent research, when individuals ate a raw food diet on a regular basis, the concentrations in cholesterol, triglyceride, and plasma were reduced.
How does anyone prepare organic raw foods? Believe it or not, it is simpler than individuals may think. Some of these cooking techniques for these unprocessed foods make it possible for digestion and add flavor to the diet. These may include everything from soaking dried nuts to blending different raw foods.
Like any type of diets, there is always the dreaded and uncomfortable world of side effects. Some individuals have suffered a detoxification reaction after beginning the diet. Generally, this was the result of his/her prior diet consisted of a massive amount of meat, caffeine, and sugar. Other side effects included nausea and mild headaches, which was short-lived, as in a few days.
Although there are a few minor side effects, the raw food diet is not recommended for various people such as children, women who are pregnant or nursing, and people suffering from anemia. Individuals should be alerted that there are some nutritional deficiencies that may take place while on this diet. These include iron, calcium, and vitamin B-12, which according to the Journal of Nutrition that this diet boosted up homocysteine levels because of vitamin B-12 deficiency as well as protein and calories. It is best for individuals to do research on this raw food diet before taking it into consideration.
If this type of diet proves to be beneficial, then I may give this a try!