Raw Foods were very popular diets of early humans many years ago. Today this type of diet is making a strong comeback in a world that obsessively cooks, pasteurizes or otherwise heats most food items. But because humans have been cooking foods-especially meats- for approximately the last quarter million years, many people have forgotten our natural roots and find the thought of raw foods to be not only unpleasant, but possibly dangerous. However, a little education about the Benefits of Raw Foods will alleviate most of these concerns.
What Are They?
Raw Foods are those that are eaten in their uncooked natural state or those that are not cooked above a temperature of 104 degrees. Raw foodists believe that cooking food destroys nearly all nutritional value and creates toxins including carcinogens and other substances similar to those found in exhaust fumes and cigarette smoke. Instead, raw food supporters eat only unprocessed foods including:
There are three general types of Raw Foodists:
1.) Raw Vegans – those that eat primarily raw foods that do not include any kind of animal protein, including dairy products
2.) Raw Omnivores – those that eat a wide variety of raw foods including fruits, nuts, seeds and vegetables as well as meats, fish and dairy products (NOT RECOMMENDED)
3.) Raw Carnivores – those that eat mainly animal muscle and meats, eggs, fish, raw milk and other animal proteins (NOT RECOMMENDED)
Heating foods above 104 degrees kills natural enzymes that make digestion easier, thereby conserving energy and resources and allowing the body to process as much nutrients from food as possible. Cooking also destroys bacteria and microorganisms that would normally take up residence in the digestive tract and build beneficial gut flora. Raw foodists believe that this symbiotic relationship between beneficial bacteria and parasites is an important part of human health, and that the lack of it is a significant cause of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other common ailments and diseases related to diet.
Raw foods such as berries, fruits and green leafy vegetables are also high in antioxidants, which are widely believed to slow and even reverse some of the effects of cell degeneration and aging. Antioxidants prevent blood and other cells from oxidizing – essentially “rusting,” and thereby extend the life of those cells and presumably the organs and systems they support.
Raw foods are easy to obtain at natural and organic food stores as well as conventional supermarkets. And because this type of diet is enjoying a resurgence in popularity for a great variety of reasons all around the world, raw food recipes are easy to obtain and can meet even the most demanding tastes. However, new raw foodists are cautioned to ensure that all raw items are handled appropriately, as some evidence suggests a higher rate of food-borne illnesses in raw foodists than in those that consume mostly conventional, fully-cooked foods. Nevertheless, the benefits of raw foods appear to outweigh the risks as indicated by the growing numbers of people switching to raw foods from a standard diet.
The raw food recipes are in video and text format.
Russell James is launching a Free Raw Food Recipe Series on his website. Every couple days check back he will be adding more Free Raw Food Recipes. This is a great opportunity to sample some truly amazing recipes developed by a world renowned raw food chef. Plus starting January 10th-14th 2012 you can get a hold of his brand new Raw Chef Course with 13 hours of video!