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Is Raw Right??

I brought up the question on Twitter the other day:  Do you need to be a vegetarian to lose weight or live a health life style.  Many stated no, and that it was personal preference.

This evening I watched Food Matters (2008) below is the Trailer:

I enjoyed the beginning of the documentary, there was a section on “Superfoods” and vitamins.  It mentioned that one should have more that 51% of their meal as Raw Food.  Apparently, the process in which cooking the foods basically bastardizes all the beneficial qualities out of it.  Resulting in your body being confused and thinking it is a foreign enemy.  Food Matters also argues that we should focus our energies on eat plant based protein, which are also known as “Superfoods”. Some examples are:

  • Spirulina
  • Kelp
  • Goji Berries
  • Wheatgrass
  • Acai

What is the Raw Food Diet:

The raw food diet is a diet based on unprocessed and uncooked plant foods, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, sprouts, seeds, nuts, grains, beans, nuts, dried fruit, and seaweed.

Heating food above 116*F is believed to destroy enzymes in food that can assist in the digestion and absorption of food. Cooking is also thought to diminish the nutritional value and “life force” of food.

What are the Benefits of the Raw Food Diet?

Officials of the raw food diet believe it has numerous health benefits, including:

  • Increased energy
  • Improved skin appearance
  • Better digestion
  • Weight loss
  • Reduced risk of heart disease

The raw food diet contains fewer trans fats and saturated fat than the typical Western diet.

Where do you stand on the raw food movement??

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  1. July 31, 2010 at 1:21 am

    I think you can tell by eating food raw that’s it’s just entirely awesome. It’s a lot of matter of taste too, I incorporate a lot of raw in my diet but not at the expense of eating foods I love too. I always need to be mindful not to deprive myself by being too restrictive.

    I would agree with the tweets, you don’t need to be veggie to lose weight but I would however argue that there is such profound research speaking to the health benefits of it over animal protein that there really is no contest. Have you read The China Study? Food Revolution? Both great books, and have a lot of hard data on the subject.

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