This isn't another fad diet. The raw food diet is actually less of a diet and more of a lifestyle. ‘Raw Foodies' eat foods that have not been cooked and are close to their original form. The diet emphasizes the importance of avoiding foods which have been processed, pasteurized, homogenized, or contain pesticides, hormones, additives, or stabilizers. By staying away from these things, we can more easily digest our food and will benefit from greater nutrient absorption. The raw food lifestyle has been linked to lowering inflammation, improving digestion, improving heart health, and even preventing cancer. People on the raw food diet claim to have clearer skin, more energy, and rarely suffer from nutrient deficiency. Here is all you need to know about the raw food diet to get started.


1. Foods to eat on the raw food diet

Instead of starting with what not to eat, we'll get you started with foods you can eat. Keep in mind that there are many opinions about which foods are ‘acceptable' and which are not. Some people may eat dairy products or raw eggs while others won't, and some may even eat cooked meat on occasion. The following foods are eaten by most people on raw food diets:

  • All fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Raw nuts and seeds
  • Dried fruit
  • Grains and legumes, sprouted or soaked
  • Nut milk
  • Raw meat or fish
  • Nut butter (raw)
  • Fermented foods (e.g., kimchi or miso)
  • Cold-pressed oil (olive or coconut)
  • Seaweed
  • Raw eggs
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