Posted by: 4pack | May 21, 2009

“Ideal Diet”: Raw Food Diets Have Benefits Of Knowing Source And Increased Nutrients And Vitamins

EAT FOODS THAT ARE NOT PROCESSED IF POSSIBLE…AND IF YOU LIMIT COOKING AND PREPARATION, THE FOODS WILL BE MORE WHOLESOME AND NUTRIENT-DENSE…ALTHOUGH, COOKING A FINE SAUTE WITH ONIONS, BUTTER, OLIVE OIL, MUSHROOMS, RED WINE (ADD CHICKEN OR LEAN MEATS) WILL BRING ENJOYMENT TO THE MEAL….

Raw FoodsAlthough some raw food dieters eat meat, most of them eat fresh fruits, raw vegetables, sprouted lentils, eggs, raw cheese, etc. Some raw food diets allow people to heat foods up to 46˚C. There are many types of raw diets including but not limited to raw vegan diet, fruitarians, juicearians and sproutarians. Fruitarians, as the name indicates, eat only fruits and some nuts. Juicearians on the other hand juice everything they eat, including raw fruits and vegetables. Sprouts from most foods such as lentils and grains are the main food for the group of people who are called sproutarians.

Raw food dieters sometimes exclude meat from game (hunted) animals, fish and poultry while eating dairy products and eggs. Some of these raw food groups (vegan) refuse to eat honey. Raw food dieters believe that cooking food produces harmful toxins.

The difference between grass-based and grain-based diets for farmed animals

Many of us don’t have a clue as to whether the steak we ate came from an animal that was grain fed or grass fed. However, raw food dieters need to know that the meat they eat comes from grass-fed animals. This is because the meat of grass-fed animals has fewer E.coli bacteria in their system and we also seem to be able to fight off this level of infection with ease. Grass fed meat also contains richer nutrients including minerals, vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids that are so crucial to our mental health.

Primal diet is another raw food plan in which the diet consists of organ meats, fatty meats, honey and diary along with a few juices (fruit and vegetable) and coconut cream.

So why consume a raw food diet?

Even though there are many scientists pooh-pooh the idea of raw diets, the benefits seem to outweigh the risks. In societies where people follow raw food diets, the following benefits have been observed:

Significant weight loss due to the increased fibre and fresh, nutritious and filling low GI food

Low LDL cholesterol and triglyceride counts that help lower heart disease and stroke

Low plasma lycopene concentration which reduces the risk of many diseases

Increased favourable beta-carotene levels that help boost the immune system

Significant benefits in the reduction of breast cancer and other cancers

Fibromyalgia symptoms were reduced

Blood pressure readings were lowered significantly for all ages

Advanced Glycation end products which AGEs can contribute to diabetes, renal failure, arthritis and eye degenerative problems were reduced on this diet

Critics of this diet point out that cooking actually increases certain deficiencies and eating uncooked seafood and meat may increase food borne illnesses. Also, women on this diet may lose so much weight that they may stop menstruating (dysmenorrhoea).

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