Before I got into raw food, I felt rubbish and I most definitely looked rubbish - Russell James, the Raw Chef
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Raw food diets have emerged as a pop culture preoccupation. They seem to have considerable traction in the public psyche, as evidenced by the volume of websites they populate, and the coverage they command in print.
It is doubtful they have comparable traction at the dinner table, of course. We have enough trouble getting people to eat a reasonable amount of reasonable foods, and to renounce ingestibles that glow in the dark. In this context, it seems a bit far-fetched that we would shift, en masse, to a strict diet of raw, unprocessed foods.
But our appetites for the concept, and the claims made in its defense, seem insatiable. So let's chew on it.
In pure form, raw…
Many foods can be eaten raw, and many foods are the better for it. An emphasis on eating mostly plants direct from nature is irrefutably good, be they raw or cooked. But as is true of so much in the realm where opinions about nutrition masquerade as gospel, the case for raw food eating is oversold, the rhetoric is overheated, and the claims of universal benefits -- substantially overcooked.
Long, long ago, humans were capable of eating lots of things raw. Now, not so much. We've rounded up nine foods that you really need to cook before eating.
For many of us, the words “raw food” conjure up images of odd and exotic dishes, most of them doused in sprouts and seeds. While raw food (food that’s prepared without heating past 115° F) can be delightfully offbeat, it doesn’t have to be.
One day I woke up and decided to be vegan; I'm just that type of person (sorry, pretty boring story). Very soon after, I got into raw food, and following that, the high-carb lifestyle. Now I eat a vegan, high-carb, mostly raw diet and couldn't feel better.
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Let’s get a few things out of the way: I don’t have dreadlocks, I don’t have a clue how to roll a spliff, and you’re more likely to find me playing drums along to Coldplay than in a tribal drumming circle. But I do eat raw food – and I’ve made it my mission in life to make raw food part of 10 million people’s everyday lives worldwide.
Raw food hasn’t been cooked, processed, microwaved, irradiated, genetically engineered or exposed to pesticides or herbicides. It includes fresh fruits, berries, vegetables, nuts, seeds and herbs in their whole, natural state. Proponents say cooking obliterates most of the vitamins in food and nearly all of the immune-boosting plant nutrients (though scientific evidence to support these claims is lacking). Most who follow the plan consume only half the calories they would eat on a cooked diet.
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