Healthier You

Raw Foods 101

  •  Will eating a raw food diet make me healthy?

A proper raw diet will improve health. Nevertheless, good health is the product of a healthy lifestyle. The raw diet is one component. Adequate sleep, regular exercise, plenty of oxygen and sunlight, a positive outlook on life, and many other factors are also important to good health. However, eating a diet of cooked and processed food will reliably contribute significantly to poor health.

  • What is the most common mistake people make on a raw food diet?

 A recent survey of raw foodists found that the average raw foodist was eating almost 70% of their daily calories from raw fat sources, such as avocados, nuts, seeds, and coconuts. This is a diet higher in fat than the standard American diet!  A truly natural, biologically-based diet consists primarily of fresh fruits, greens and vegetables, with only limited amounts of raw fats.

  • How do I know how many fruits and vegetables to eat each day?

In the beginning, most people don't consume enough raw foods to obtain the necessary daily calories for daily functioning.  What most people don’t realize is that you need to eat a large volume of fruits and vegetables in order to obtain the same amount of calories that you would normally derive from cooked food. Fruits and vegetables are not as calorically dense as cooked foods. Vegetables contain a considerable amount of water and fiber and other minerals that the body vitally needs. Fruits are higher in calories and easily assimilable carbohydrates, which are the body’s main source of energy and fuel. So, it makes sense that a healthy raw diet should be made up primarily of fresh fruit, with the regular addition of large salads to provide balancing minerals.

  • Will I get enough of the nutrients my body needs from fruits and vegetables??

The very best quality vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, enzymes, co-enzymes, fiber, water, protein, carbohydrates, and fats come from fruits and vegetables! They are complete nutritional packages and provide the body with everything it needs to function properly. Of all foods, fruits are richest in vitamins and water, and second richest in minerals and fiber, while vegetables and leafy greens are richest in minerals and fiber, and second richest in vitamins and water. The other two nutrient groups, proteins and fats, are needed in smaller quantities and can be found in adequate amounts in both fruits and vegetables when a properly varied diet is eaten.  When eating fresh foods, we can be assured that all nutrients come in the proper proportions and ratios that the body can utilize optimally. Fruits and greens supply nutrients in quantities that most closely approximate human nutritional needs. No man-made vitamin tablet or other supplement can compare with nature's handiwork.

 

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