Do you want to remain healthy and be attractive by maintaining a perfect figure? Anybody who wishes to be healthy and attractive must control their diet and exercise. But many times dieting makes people hungry and finally they drop out from dieting.
Those who don’t want to remain hungry and still want to be healthy can follow raw food diet. This is a diet based on uncooked and unprocessed food like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, seeds, nuts, dried fruit, young coconut milk, seaweed, sprouts etc.
Any food that is cooked beyond 116 degree F destroys the enzymes essential to boost the digestion and food absorption. Moreover cooking also destroys the nutritional value of the food and hence it is ideal to add at least 75% of the diet with raw foods.
Benefits of Raw Food Diet
Raw food diet helps to be more energetic and they will have a better digestion. It also helps the user to lower their cholesterol level and to maintain a better glucose level. Raw food contains less saturated fat, trans fats and sodium and hence is ideal to reduce the risk of cardiac diseases, diabetes and cancer.
It is a detox diet that helps people to cleanse the body. It thus provides a leaner body with attractive and glowing skin which helps to improve the appearance of a person. Above all raw food diet is high in nutrients like potassium, folate, magnesium, fibers, phytochemicals which are essential for a healthy living.
The person who follows this diet can use sprouted seeds, grains, legumes to make salads. They can also use a dehydrator that can blow air through the raw food at a temperature of not more than 116 degree F.
As it is a detox diet it may at times cause detoxification reactions such as craving, nausea, mild headache etc. Following raw food diet may also lead to certain nutritional deficiencies like that of calcium, iron, vitamin B12, omega 3 fatty acids etc as most of these are obtained from animal sources. Hence take almost double the iron than that is consumed by non-vegetarians.
Iron can be obtained from cashew, almonds, legumes, tofu etc while Calcium can be from cabbage, fig, soybean, bok choy etc. In order to get vitamin B12 take fortified breakfast cereals, fortified soy milk, nutritional yeast or vitamin B12 supplements.
Omega 3 fatty can be obtained by eating walnuts and flax seeds and using walnut, flaxseed, soybean and canola oil. As there are chances for nutritional deficiencies, children, pregnant women, anemic people, people having osteoporosis etc are not advised to follow this diet.