Raw Food Diet Benefits – Know The Basics

raw food diet weight lossExactly what is the raw food diet?

This question gets asked a lot, and it’s a tough one to nail down because it’s such a debatable subject. Generally speaking, the raw food diet is consists of at least 75%  raw and living foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, sprouts, nuts, seeds, and whole grains.

When foods are heated above 116 degrees Fahrenheit it is believed that the structure of the enzymes change, destroying the enzymes that assist in digestion and absorption of food. This puts pressure on your body to supply the enzymes, depleting your energy and forcing your organs to work harder.

Raw Food Diet Benefits

The benefits of eating more raw and living foods are numerous. Just a few include:

  • Increased Energy
  • Better Absorption and Digestion of Foods
  • Reduced Cholesterol Levels
  • Reduction in Heart Disease

The raw food diet contains much less saturated fat than our standard Western diet, which is laden with salty, fried, processed and sugary items. Raw foods also contain proteins, minerals and enzymes in a form which our bodies can put to immediate use with a minimum amount of effort.

I Can’t Eat THAT Much Salad!

Even though it’s one of my favorites, I can’t eat salad every day. One of the good things about the raw food diet is that you don’t have to eat just salad. Thanks to the modernization of the world, it’s possible to get fresh fruits and vegetables year ’round now, just about anywhere you live. And the varieties have never been better, not to mention the array of organic choices we have available these days.

The Raw Percentage

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not 100% raw. I strive for 50-75% of my diet to come from raw and living foods, and most days I get there, but if I don’t, I really don’t beat myself up too badly. I know that adding more raw foods benefits me a great deal, but every once in a while I still need a slice of pizza. Hey, I’m only human!

The point is that the raw food diet is very flexible, and you don’t need to be eating 100% raw to experience the many benefits of consuming more raw foods. You need to listen to your body and do what’s right for you. The raw food diet is perfect for this.

Think of it more as a lifestyle choice rather than a diet. Try to work more raw foods slowly and gradually into your daily life until you reach a level you’re comfortable with. Trust me, you will notice a difference.

Is the Raw Diet For Everyone?

No, at least not in my opinion. While I’m sure that eating more raw foods will benefit you a great deal, particular care needs to be taken for some people, including, children, those who are anemic and also pregnant or nursing women.

In fact, before making any changes at all it’s best to have a chat with your doctor. She or he should have some sound advice for you.

In Summary

Raw foods can give you added energy, natural weight loss, and also boost your immune system. Little changes can make for big differences. It’s easy to get started, and remember, you don’t have to be 100% raw to experience eating raw benefits.

Do your research and get started today!

Ted Begnoche

Ted is a former junk-food-aholic who has finally found the right path. Now he'd like to lead others down the same path, using humor and common sense to share his research and experiences with all who are interested in living the most healthy lifestyle they can.

8 thoughts on “Raw Food Diet Benefits – Know The Basics

  • August 15, 2011 at 10:59 am

    this is a great tip for beginners like me on how to start a raw food diet, and i hope the result would turn out just what i have expected.

  • December 8, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    I have been able to lose weight and keep it off by following a raw food diet. Fewer calories are needed because the food is more nutrient dense!

  • October 27, 2010 at 1:58 am

    I usually eat raw foods for the belief that all its nutrients are still intact and are not lost by boiling or heating. This additional infos gives me some more reasons to continue my habits..thanks

  • September 11, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Hi Patricia, thanks for all of your recent comments at our site. Too bad for me, steak isn’t considered part of the raw food diet ;)

    Even for those who don’t completely embrace the raw food diet, eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, etc is still a great choice.

    • September 11, 2010 at 9:01 pm

      I am so pleased to have found this site. I was a nurse for 30 years and only recently started blogging. I seem to be researching more and more on natural health and to find a site like this with great information is a real treat. I will be a regular visitor.
      Patricia Perth Australia

  • September 11, 2010 at 3:20 am

    I am seeing more and more raw food enthusiasts as I read health blogs. I love salads and trying new fruit and vegies but I haven’t embraced this type of diet yet. I do love organic and have a healthy lifestyle so I guess I am on the right track.
    Patricia Perth Australia

  • September 11, 2010 at 1:26 am

    Hallo Ted,

    Nice post with a balanced viewpoint
    & a very good decision to go raw I think.



  • September 10, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Ted, thanks again for your informative article about the raw food diet.


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