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What is raw veganism, exactly?

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One term that the media keep using to describe some vegans is raw vegans. What is a raw vegan exactly? Don’t all vegans eat a plant based diet, so why the need to further describe themselves as raw vegans? There are three main types of raw vegans: Fruitarians, juicearianism and only consuming foods that are under 104 degrees, technically uncooked.

A fruitarian is a person that only eats fruits, vegetable, seeds and nuts. They do not eat any plant that harms the plant in harvest. This is why they eat many fruits in this type of veganism. Fruitarian base their diet on Adam and Eve diet in the Bible. They base this on Genesis 1:29. Experts claim this sub vegan culture way of eating could be harmful for children and or teens. Columbia University claimed that those following this way of eating were prone to lacking key vitamins and minerals. John Hopkins Hospital did note that our ancestor’s diet was mainly fruit, and they survived and thrive well.

A juicarian diet is a part of the vegan eating culture. It has become very popular in the recent years due to the juicing documentary movies. Those following this diet plan will often juice fruits and vegetables for days, weeks or even months to lose weight or to gain health benefits. They will only drink their foods. No other food is consumed, other than water. This became very popular after the documentary titled “Sick, Fat and nearly dead”.

A raw vegan is consuming only raw, unprocessed, and organic foods. The theory behind why one would eat a raw vegan diet is that many of the nutritional value is destroyed when cooked. When consumed raw, one gets the whole benefit of the food. Raw vegans eat fruit, vegetables, legumes, seeds, nuts and oils. They do not eat any animal protein sources including honey.

There are many groups within the vegan culture. Many eat different food groups and have their own reasons why they eat the particular way they do. The only way to decide which way is right for you is to try the lifestyle a few weeks. If it not sustainable, then it is not right for you. It is perfectly fine to try a different way of eating. It may take a little experimenting to find the right eating plan.

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