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Are Raw Food Diets Safe?

Posted June 08, 2010 12:00 AM by Jaxy

There are all sorts of diets floating around dictating what you can or can't eat. One of the more constricted diets is the raw food diet, which is based on the principle of eating plant-based foods that are not cooked.

Why Raw Food?

The raw food diet is based on the fact that cooking foods changes their structure and destroys many of the vitamins and nutrients that your body needs. The specific facet of a raw foods diet that this blog will be focused on is a vegan raw food diet. Vegans typically do not consume anything made or derived from animal products like milk, cheese, or eggs.

The Good and The Bad

There are plenty of benefits that come with eating a vegan raw food diet such as reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, a lower risk of obesity, promotion of weight loss, a boosted metabolism, prevention of high blood pressure, anti-inflammatory benefits, and alleviation rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Other benefits include increased energy, improved skin appearance, and better digestion.

Raw diets focus mainly on fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, which can lead to a nutritional imbalance. People following this diet have a higher risk of being underweight, experiencing low bone mass and dental erosion. It may be necessary to take supplements to reduce your risk of nutritional deficiencies. The most common deficiencies are calcium, iron, and B12. There are also some side effects from introducing a 100% raw diet including headaches, nausea, and cravings. These can last for several days depending on how much meat, sugar, and caffeine was consumed before the raw food diet.

While eating a raw food diet can be time-consuming and carry a severe risk for a nutritional deficiency, it can be a healthy and safe diet when implemented properly. Since it can be hard to get an adequate amount of calories, it is important to make sure to monitor what you are eating. Calorie and nutrition-dense bananas and fruits may become essential if calorie requirements are not being met. Remember: you don't have to eat 100% raw food to get some of the benefits. Try eating raw snacks like guacamole and salsa, or eating a big salad at lunch.

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If you are interested in a personal testimonial of going raw, check this blog out.

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07/22/2010 9:47 AM

Most of the beginning comments are simply wrong. Why would anyone want to continue the discussion.

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07/22/2010 1:50 PM

Dear Jack,

Here is how this works in a 'discussion group'. If you would like to argue with a specific point or idea, you post your own information and ideas, in rebuttal to that idea, with supporting evidence. (usually links, photos, or common knowledge)

If you generalize about things like you just have, then you are engaging in bad behaviour, and will eventually be cast out or get a time out, as it is non-productive, uninformative, and non-educational, with a dash of hurtful thrown in, and most intelligent people will recognize only that you are trying to build yourself up by putting others down.

therefore I object to your style, while recognizing your right to freedom of speech. I encourage you to try again, more specifically please.

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07/22/2010 11:52 PM

GA, though it is not answer to OP.

All CR4 members should read this.

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07/22/2010 4:03 PM

Why are you here then?

which comments are wrong?

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