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Debunking Those Raw Food Myths
Raw foods have seen an increase in popularity in recent years. Many people are
exploring more diet options and adding more raw vegan foods to their diets and
some are even going full-on raw.
What exactly does “going raw” mean?
Raw foods are those that have not been processed or heated above 115-118
degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius). Proponents of raw food diets believe that
many foods cooked at a higher temperature lose their enzymes along with much of
their nutritional value and in some cases, can actually harm the body.
Uncooked foods, on the other hand, provide living enzymes that have not been
tampered with and proper nutrition. Most raw food enthusiasts eliminate diary but in
some cases unprocessed dairy products are included.
Raw foods should not be refined, pasteurized, treated with pesticides or otherwise
processed in any way. Instead, the diet allows several alternative preparation
methods, such as juicing, blending, dehydrating, soaking and sprouting
A raw food diet may provide health benefits, including weight loss, a lower risk of
type 2 diabetes and improved digestion and heart health
A raw food diet is usually strictly vegetarian, although some in the raw
food movement allow unpasteurized dairy products, raw meat, raw eggs,
and sushi. A basic belief is that you should restrict food that is cooked or heated
above 116 to 118° Fahrenheit.
If you are thinking about joining this trend, there are some “raw foods” myths
that you need to be aware of that are repeated over and over but are simply not
Myth #1 – All or nothing at all
The belief that we must be 100% raw to gain any benefits is far from the truth. The
reality is, most modern diets are high in processed and fast foods so any increase in
fresh raw foods is beneficial. Replacing soda, fries and burgers with green ve