What Does “Raw” Vegan Mean Anyway?

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What Does “Raw” Vegan Mean Anyway?


Most people know the word “raw” to mean uncooked, but with the raw food diet, foods aren’t necessarily only an uncooked assortment of fruits and vegetables. In essence, the raw food diet is the eating of foods that have either not been cooked or cooked at temperatures that do not exceed 42 Celsius or 107 Fahrenheit.

Following a predominantly raw food based plant diet has many health benefits.  Here are three key reasons behind many people's decision to adopt a more raw lifestyle:

An Increase in Enzyme nutrition. 

The reasoning behind this is the enzymes that are healthful for our bodies that occur naturally in the raw foods begin to degrade at higher temperatures. Whether raw is all you eat or you merely incorporate a hefty amount of raw foods into your diet, you are reaping the healthful benefits.

Raw Means a Decrease in Processed Foods.

The one thing that everyone can agree on is that processed foods are not good for us. They contain additives, preservatives, oils, excess sugars, and all sorts of other unnatural additions.  By reducing and removing these out of your diet, you are doing wonders for your health. Adding in more fresh plant-based food, especially green ones, fruits, nuts, grain and fermented foods is the best way to find optimal health.

An Improvement in the Body's Alkalinity.

One of the largest impacts of raw food is alkaline-forming benefits.  Most of the raw plant based food is alkaline forming and can drastically change your pH and counteract acid forming traditional western foods that are high in saturated fats, processed sugars and low in fibre.

It's important to note that not all foods should be eaten raw.

Raw red kidney beans are in fact poisonous when eaten raw. Other dangerous plants include rhubarb leaves as well as yucca (this contains cyanide).  There are other options that are simply inedible when raw- like eggplant (aubergine) and white potatoes.  These get much of their flavour and taste from the cooking process.

Whilst many scientists and doctors are hesitant to stand behind one method of nutrition over another, they are all in agreement that including more plant based foods in the diet – eating more naturally, more fresh, and filling your plate with a rainbow of foods to an invaluable way of achieving and maintaining optimal health.

 

 

 

Rawries is passionately committed to making raw wholegrain plant-based food convenient, achievable and absolutely delicious... for everyone!  

 

Visit our blog for articles and evidence based research discussions around the healthful benefits of incorporating "more raw" into your diet, as well as tips on how to boost your nutrition and overall wellbeing.

 

For raw vegan inspirations, head to our vibrant recipe selection of breakfasts, mains, salads and soups, sauces and dips, desserts and fresh juices and smoothies.  We can't wait to hear what you think of them!

                     

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