Vegans, vegetarians, and organic food lovers are all celebrating the news on raw food diets. Apparently, the same type of food, such as a green pepper, is much healthier and easier to digest when it isn’t cooked. Not only is weight loss a result, but also healthier skin and more energy. The raw food diet is a great way to lose weight, but it can often be hard to stick to.
The problem with cooked food is that helpful enzymes are destroyed when the food is cooked over 116 degrees Fahrenheit. This eliminates most forms of cooking, such as frying or baking. The affected enzymes aid in digestion, keeps nutritional value of food intact, and also helps the absorption of such nutritional value. Not to mention that most processed foods contain food coloring and preservatives.
A study was undertaken that actually found out that the increased benefits of eating a strict diet of raw foods actually helped reduce risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
Don’t worry if there are a few withdrawal symptoms when the diet is first started. Nausea or headaches may become common, but an undeniable craving for “real” cooked food is what destroys the diet for most hopeful dieters. This makes consistent use of the diet rather hard, but the diet is effective nonetheless- and getting past the withdrawal symptoms is possible. Once a good track record of only raw foods is eaten, sticking to it will be no problem at all.
The best way to go about enforcing the raw food diet is to know what to eat, and what not to eat. The bulk of foods that are good for the diet will come in the form of vegetables, fruits, and nuts. As for drinks, the same rules apply. Fresh fruit drinks or juices and purified water are great for the raw food dieter- but also more exotic things such as coconut milk, sushi and temaki are applicable. It is important to note that any type of foods bought for the raw food diet plan should be unprocessed, or else the purpose of the diet is ruined.
The human body has come a long way since raw food was the major source of intake- as critics remind all raw food dieters. The inclusion of stronger jaw bones, teeth, larger intestines, and other factors all suggest that cooked food is becoming a way of life for the common human being.
Critics also point out that the human body has its own digestive system, and that the extra enzymes are not necessarily needed that cooking food removes. Other critics claim that the raw food diet plan is largely based on the placebo effect. Whatever the case, many people have seen success from the diet plan that can’t just be ignored.
Deciding whether or not the raw food diet is best for you is as easy as trying it out- it is one of the easiest diet plans to start. No extreme knowledge of carbohydrates, protein, fats, or other factors in other diet plans aren’t necessarily needed.
In fact, it’s as easy as going to the local supermarket and finding fresh fruit, vegetables, beans, breads, or other unprocessed and organic foods. Since a lot of people worldwide have seen success with this diet regimen, it is well worth the try.
The easiest implementation of this diet is by incorporating two raw foods consumption daily. A good choice would be fresh fruits and unprocessed nuts in your daily meals as a start. Both taste quite well and fit into every meals that you usually have. Then gradually increase the consumption of raw fruits and vegetables for the first month. It's inexpensive and unrestrictive, one of the easy way to stay healthy and fit. Heck even if you don't make it, at least you will be tad healthier by consuming fresh fruits and nuts everyday in addition to your meal.
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