Some people think that eating raw foods is a new idea. But raw foods have always been a part of the diet of most people. Just go to any restaurant at lunch time and see how many people are eating a big, fresh salad with loads of lettuce, spinach, and raw vegetables. Some have a fruit cup or settle for a banana or apples which are all raw foods.
What might seem new is the idea of having only a raw foods diet as a lifestyle. A raw food diet is simply a plant-based diet that is based on unprocessed and uncooked plant foods, preferably organic, that includes fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, dried fruit, fresh juices, sprouts and purified water. Some people might want to argue that other raw products are eaten with this diet but the majority of people only eat the plant-based foods raw.
These foods are also called living foods as they are growing from the soil and not having to be killed to be eaten. It is not necessary to eat 100% raw to experience this diet. A diet of at least 75% raw food offers numerous health benefits, such as increased energy, improved skin appearance, better digestion, weight loss and reduced risk of serious illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and cancer.
A raw food diet has a positive effect on many diseases because it contains little or no saturated fats, is low in sodium, high in potassium, magnesium, folate and fiber, and other nutrients necessary to maintain good health. Detoxing with raw foods is becoming more commonplace. It is a way to take in less calories while eating enough to not be hungry. A raw detox includes different combinations of raw, living foods and juices that can result in colon cleansing, liver cleansing, kidney cleansing and skin cleansing.
While some people wonder about getting enough protein on this diet, there is no reason to actually worry about that. Most people eat more than enough protein. In fact, adults usually need only 10 to 35 percent of their diet to come from protein and normally eat much more than that, particularly on a diet consisting largely of animal products. Those who eat raw, also get adequate protein. In fact, many individual plant-based foods and various combinations of the foods provide adequate protein. A few of the higher protein plant foods include quinoa, lentils, and beans. Nuts and seeds are another great source of protein and they contain healthy oils such as omega 3s as well as important B vitamins and other essential minerals.