Based on the principle that heating food above 116 degrees F is believed to destroy enzymes in food that can assist in the digestion and absorption of food. Cooking is also thought to diminish the nutritional value and “life force” of food.
This diet only promotes consumption of uncooked, unprocessed, and often organic foods as a large percentage of the diet is called Raw Foodism. Primarily constitutes of raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds (including sprouted whole grains), eggs, fish (such as sashimi), meat, and no pasteurized/nonhomogenized dairy products (such as raw milk, raw milk cheese, and raw milk yogurt).
Key purpose being that this diet helps cleanse the system and improves insulin tolerance resulting in weight loss.
Drawback of Raw Foodism Diet
Some people experience a detoxification reaction when they start the raw food diet, especially if their previous diet was rich in meat, sugar, and caffeine.
- Mild headaches, nausea, and cravings can occur which usually last for several days
Contraindications of Raw Foodism Diet
The raw food diet may not be appropriate for certain people, such as:
- Pregnant or nursing women
- People with anemia
- People at risk for osteoporosis
Review of Raw Foodism Diet
The diet is very restrictive and difficult to adjust to. Usually results in binging and excess weight gain post the program. The diet would also low in sodium and high in potassium, magnesium, folate, fibre and health-promoting plant chemicals called photochemical.
Also, our body uses its own enzymes for digestion and cooking makes certain photochemical easier to absorb, such as beta-carotene in carrots..
Note: Fitho does not endorse this diet.Author Information