Proponents of the raw food diet say that raw food is the way primitive humans naturally ate before the advent of food cooking technology. Proponents of the raw food diet believe that cooking your food causes it to lose much of its nutritional value. They believe that the raw food diet offers a number of health benefits and can prevent many of the health problems associated with the modern American diet. Here are some of the health benefits of the raw food diet.
1) Increases Your Nutrition
The raw food diet places a lot of emphasis on making raw or lightly steamed fruits, vegetables and whole grains the basis of your diet. Raw foods often have a higher nutritional content than cooked foods, because the cooking process changes your food on the chemical level. Cooking often destroys the helpful enzymes that help your body absorb vitamins and minerals from your food. The raw food diet makes all of the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in your food accessible to your body, for enhanced nutrition.
2) High in Fiber
The raw food diet’s emphasis on raw fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains makes it a very high fiber diet. The soluble fiber found in fruits helps to regulate blood sugar levels to prevent diabetes and hypoglycemia. The insoluble cellulose fiber found in many vegetables helps regulate your bowel movements. It keeps your colon clean which prevents the build up of dangerous toxins in your body, and it helps to prevent colon cancer.
3) Prevents Obesity
The raw food diet is very low in fats and refined sugars, so it can help you lose weight. It can also prevent obesity and the many health problems related to obesity, including heart disease, arthritis and diabetes.
4) Supports Cardiovascular Health
Because the raw food diet is naturally very low in trans fatty acids and saturated fats, it helps prevent arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and the accumulation of fatty deposits that can cause blockage of the arteries. The diet contains high levels of potassium and magnesium, as well as the phytochemicals found in plants, which help keep blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels low.
5)High in Antioxidants
The raw food diet’s emphasis on fresh, raw fruits and vegetables makes it very high in antioxidants. These crucial nutrients slow the signs of aging and can prevent many types of cancer.
6) Improves Your Appearance
The raw food diet contains low levels of saturated fats, trans fatty acids and refined sugars and carbs, all of which can lead to water retention and inflammation of the body’s soft tissues. Eliminating these things from your diet improves the appearance of your skin by reducing puffiness and wrinkles.
7) Increases Energy Levels
Proponents of the raw food diet say that it greatly increases energy levels. Raw foodists claim that they sleep better, suffer from fewer bouts of insomnia and get out of bed more easily in the morning.