So what exactly are the benefits of a Raw Food Diet?
A lot has been said about the raw food diet in recent years, with devotees and detractors outlining its benefits and drawbacks in great detail. For its detractors, the raw food diet is considered to be primarily the province of hippie kooks and survivalist cranks. For its devotees, it is the only natural and effective way to consume food. In fact, for many, eating raw foods is considered to be more of a lifestyle than a dietary choice.
And when you actually take a closer look at the raw food movement, you will find that its adherents are not simply kooks and cranks – indeed, they come from all walks of life and have taken to the lifestyle because they appreciate the many benefits of the raw food life.
- Sustained weight loss is one of the main benefits of the raw food diet and for many, it is the primary benefit. Given the fact that your diet is made up entirely of fruits and vegetables, it is reasonable to expect a fair amount of weight loss on this diet.
- However, unlike other diets, the raw food diet helps you keep the weight off in the long term. There really is no plateau point with this diet.
- The total lack of high fat and starchy foods in the raw food diet leads to lower levels of bad cholesterol, a lower body fat ratio and better blood pressure. After all, if you’re not clogging up your arteries with all of that refined sugar and saturated fat, the natural result is improved heart function and overall health.
- The raw diet is also believed to improve your immunity to environmental allergens and infectious diseases. Some proponents of the diet also believe that it eases the symptoms of previously existing chronic health problems such as diabetes.
- To a very great degree, the raw food diet is a no prep, easy clean-up, low maintenance diet. In general, the raw food diet just means eating your fruits and vegetables as they are without any form of preparation.
- However, many raw food eaters go the extra step and process their foods in a juicer or blender or make a simple salad out of their ingredients. This helps to bring more variation to their diet, but it is not strictly necessary to do any of this in order to consume raw food.
More Cost Effective
- Without doubt, one of the key benefits of the raw food diet is the fact that it is way cheaper in the long run. To begin with, all you need to pay for is vegetables, fruit, seeds, nuts and some legumes, all of which will be consumed raw or with minimal processing. You don’t need to pay for any extras like spices, cooking oils, cream or bread.
- Apart from that, you save on electricity and gas because you never have to turn on your oven and range. You also save on water because there is very little clean-up to deal with and a dishwasher is really not necessary if all you have to clean is a knife and a plate or two.
- Eating locally sourced, organically grown raw foods also results in lowering the environmental costs associated with the processing, packaging and transport of fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy.
- This is a particularly sobering thought when you think about the seemingly endless amounts of plastic that go into packaging of many of the foods we eat every day from bread and cereal to pasta and prepared salads.