What exactly is a raw food diet? It is getting more attention in the mainstream media as a way to limit processed food, lose weight and/or help prevent our common chronic diseases including heart disease and cancer. A raw foods vegan diet consists of unprocessed mostly vegan foods that have not been heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius). As with any fad diet, it has some merits and also some drawbacks.
It is not for everyone.
Those with weak digestive systems should be careful. A raw food diet can help people lose weight, but it can also cause digestive problem and may exacerbate the common complaints of irritable bowel syndrome or Crohn’s disease.
By eating raw food, you risk not getting enough essential nutrients as our bodies can digest and absorb much less from uncooked food. The elderly may also have some problems with this type of diet in that they often lack enough hydrochloric acid to break down some nutrients that they need.
People with compromised immune systems (cancer patients, e.g) may be at higher risk for food-borne diseases caused by pathogenic bacteria found in many raw foods (milk, fresh produce).
Raw food is also not recommended for those with anemia or osteoporosis, because dietary fiber will bind minerals such as calcium and iron crucial for treating the two conditions.
Another thought: Are the claimed benefits the result of the raw food itself or is it simply eating more fruits and vegetables and less processed foods in general? “Just sayin! “
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