How to Eat a Raw Food Diet

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A raw food diet can be a healthy choice because raw foods maintain their fiber and vitamin levels much better than cooked food, so they offer higher food volume in addition to more nutrients. Consider transitioning into a raw food diet with advice from a licensed dietitian and nutritionist in this free video on healthy eating.

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The benefits of the raw food diet are this, number one is that you are going to be guaranteed of eating a diet that is not processed at all. That means it doesn't have any added chemicals, you know nothing has been done to it to alter the nutrient content. The second reason why a raw food diet would be good is because your body actually doesn't absorb as many calories from raw foods as it does from cooked foods so if you are trying to lose weight a raw foods diet is a great way to do that. Raw foods are rich in fiber and they generally maintain the full of fiber. You know when you cook foods it kind of cooks it down. It is smaller portions. When you eat for example a whole cup of raw carrots is the same as a half a cup of the cooked. You are getting much more volume from raw foods and there are live enzymes in raw foods that are often destroyed by cooking. There are vitamins that are destroyed by cooking like Vitamin C and the B Vitamins so those are all the good reasons for starting a raw food diet. Most people find that they just start out with fruit you know of any kind, you know it's raw fruit and salad type items the kinds of things you would add to salads would be the first way that you would start a raw food diet and the one problem with raw foods is trying to get the protein in because a lot of your protein sources are going to be seeds and nuts. Now nuts of course can be eaten raw but nuts tend to be very high in fat. Then you've got your dry beans and peas but you have to soak them for a long time to get to the point where you can consume them. So probably the biggest challenge with raw foods diets is really getting enough protein and the same goes with the grains. If you have let's say rice it's hard to eat that rice in an uncooked form and so again it has to be soaked overnight for long periods of time to where it's at a point where you can actually consume it.

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