When people that eat all kinds of foods hear the words “raw foods,” many of them start thinking about a diet that is lacking in variety or nutrients. Yet such a perception is as far from reality as it gets. All fruits and vegetables, including the ones that are very familiar to you, such as apples, oranges, tomatoes, cucumbers and so on, are raw foods.
Even experts that believe in eating meat and dairy, agree that having a lot of fruits and vegetables is necessary for good health. You do not need to be a health expert to know that a fresh ripe tomato is better for you than ketchup, which is typically a highly proceed food loaded with added sugars.
When you eat a lot of raw foods, you will feel better, look better, and have more energy than before, without feeling deprived of your favourite foods. One of the biggest reasons for trying a raw diet is that many foods lose their nutritional value when they are cooked or processed.
Quite possibly you can’t afford to eat only raw foods because of the demands of your schedule and lifestyle. This is perfectly fine. For many people, switching completely to a raw food diet is not realistic. The key is to know when to eat raw foods and when to add cooked ingredients to them.
If you like fruits and vegetables, it is quite possible that there are a lot of raw foods in your diet already. All fruits and many vegetables, can be consumed raw.
In terms of a raw food diet, a food typically qualifies as raw if you can eat it uncooked or processed, in a way that doesn’t destroy substantive nutrients in the food. The accepted range for raw food is typically between 104F and 120F.