Is Raw Food Miracle Food?

by Sophie on March 10, 2016

Is raw food, miracle food? Why do so many people say they healed from chronic illness on a raw food diet?

My experience is that a raw food diet works because it removes what’s bad for us and adds more of what’s good for us:

  • it gives us a break and a detox from all the chemicals (pesticides, additives, colorings, preservatives etc) normally added in the industrial and large scale production of modern food.
  • it reduces the amount of salt you eat and resets your taste buds so you can actually listen to your body’s natural cravings
  • it removes refined sugars from your diet, which reduces inflammation. I don’t make that stuff up, this is from Harvard Medical School: http://www.health.harvard.edu/family_health_guide/what-you-eat-can-fuel-or-cool-inflammation-a-key-driver-of-heart-disease-diabetes-and-other-chronic-conditions
  • it adds a considerable amount of vegetables to our diet and lots of vegetables is good for us because it adds fibre and vitamins to the diet.
  • it allows us to use simple, pure ingredients. We can choose organic if we want, we can control exactly what goes into the food we eat and avoiding known triggers can help heal food intolerances.

What are the drawbacks of a long term all raw diet?

  • In Northern climates, it’s impossible to stay healthy on 100% LOCAL raw foods. A fully raw food diet is an exotic luxury. Personally I would rather eat local organic food even if I have to cook them than raw exotic food.
  • There is strong evidence that we evolved to eat some cooked food as it breaks down the food for us, helps digestion and sometimes increases the nutritional content of what we eat. Fermentation offers similar benefits.
  • Some food are more nutritious when cooked “Cooked carrots, spinach, mushrooms, asparagus, cabbage, peppers and many other vegetables also supply more antioxidants, such as carotenoids and ferulic acid, to the body than they do when raw, Liu says. At least, that is, if they’re boiled or steamed.” from www.scientificamerican.com/article/raw-veggies-are-healthier/
  • It’s easy to become protein and Vit B (and collagen) deficient on a a raw diet and I think it happens to a lot of people, depending on your protein needs as related to blood type, body type, ancestry/DNA, demands put on the body by a given line of work.
  • In Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine, it is said that we make the body cold and damp by eating too much raw food. It weakens the kidneys and depletes life force (chi). I have to say this information matches my personal experience.

What do I personally think about a raw food diet?

1- I think it can be extremely efficient and useful:

  • as a SHORT TERM (from a few weeks to a year or two? Consult with your medical professional!) DETOX diet. Long term, I prefer to eat local over eating raw as I think it’s more sustainable and more natural.
  • It’s great summer and hot weather food as it helps cool the body
  • It’s great to control menopausal hot flashes. When I increased the raw food percentage in my diet, hot flashes decreased or stopped. Never read anything about it, that’s just my personal experience.

2- There are foods that I prefer the taste of and find that I digest more easily when they are raw, such as ‘raw’ chocolate (see this excellent article here: http://chocolatealchemy.com/the-truth-about-raw-chocolate/), raw nuts, raw sesame tahini, raw saurkraut and others, so I eat them while they are accessible to me.

3- But I think it’s either an exotic luxury or unsustainable and unhealthy in the long term if you keep it to local foods in cold climates. Having experimented with all this for years, it’s more important to me to eat organic food, as I react so badly to all additives and industrial chemicals added to modern foods, and to eat local food, so that I am in tune with my environment and I reduce pollution, than to eat raw. Alsi, I really need my bone broth and that’s not raw…

I am not a nutritionist, I am not medically trained and this article is about my opinions and my personal experience. It is NOT medical advice, nor is it intended to diagnose or cure anyone or any medical condition.

 

 

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