How it works: Practice of consuming uncooked, unprocessed, and many times organic foods as the main part of the diet. Common foods eaten include raw fruits, dried fruit, vegetable juices, vegetables, nuts, seeds, fish, and raw dairy products (milk, cheese, and yogurt). Many times the raw foodie is vegan or vegetarian. The followers of the diet believe that raw food is healthier for the body and that cooking food over 116-118 degrees destroys important enzymes. They also believe that cooked food takes longer to digest. They often use a dehydrator to cook where the temperature does not reach over 118 degrees.
Advantages: This diet is good for the environment. It is uses more natural foods and has less packaging. The food choices are often healthier. Many people experience weight loss due to many of the foods being lower calorie. It can also help to decrease cholesterol, blood pressure, and triglycerides.
Disadvantages: The food on this diet can be expensive, cause deficiencies (see below), hard to follow long term, and is difficult to provide enough energy for demanding work and activities.
Nutritional Adequacy: People on the raw food diet can experience deficiencies in vitamin B12, calcium, and iron. They are also at risk for losing bone and decreasing their HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol).
Cost: Foods typically cost more and require more preparation time than other foods.
Resource: San Antonio Dietetic Association: http://blog.mysanantonio.com/sada/2010/05/raw-food-diet/
Has anyone ever tried eating a Raw Food Diet?
What are your thoughts?