I am no big fan of raw food. I confess, I have tried more than twice to consume some raw foods just to ensure what it is about it I dislike. I guess the reason is simple: it is raw. Plus, I was raised in a country in which predominantly all food I ate was thoroughly cooked. Anyways that is beside the point; let us not talk about what I consume but rather about how raw food has been seen in the eyes of some individuals.
Well, to bring light to those of you who don’t know, a raw food diet is typically made of 75% of vegetables and fruits. Raw food diet includes mostly nuts, dried fruits, sprouts, beans, seaweed. “Raw foodists” believe that this diet increases energy, give you more mental clarity, leaner body, clearer skin and they also believe it cuts the risk of disease. Usually raw food diet is organic and nothing is heated beyond 115-118 degrees Fahrenheit. From a raw food standpoint if you cook beyond 115 degrees, you destroy the enzymes that your body need in order to digest food .You are also destroying much of the food’s nutritional content. This is where it becomes problematic because on the other hand, The American Dietetic Association challenges this assertion. It says the body — not what goes in it — produces the enzymes necessary for digestion. The ADA also says cooking food below 118 degrees may not kill harmful, food-borne bacteria. Thus, if it does not kill harmful bacteria, it becomes a public health issue. Most of foods borne bacteria are responsible of major food outbreaks around the world.In addition,the raw eggs, raw fish, and raw chicken that some raw foodists consume are especially dangerous.Vitamin B12 deficiency is common among raw foodists, and can lead to anemia and neurological problems—vitamin B12 is found in animal products
Recently in the news, there was this big talk about how a Canadian chef’s McNish trades steaks for raw foods. In his first cookbook, “Eat Raw, Eat Well,” the teacher and raw food consultant provides 400 raw, vegan and gluten-free recipes and explains why he switched from a traditional diet and cooking steaks to become a vegan and then a raw food chief. He firmly believes that eating raw food has changed in life. Meanwhile, other people debate otherwise. Knowing that the results on whether raw food diet is healthy are mixed, what are your inputs?