What's All The Hype With A Raw Whole Food Diet About?
It seems today that everyone has the perfect diet that will help you lose weight, feel better and have more energy. Diets tell us to eat carbs, avoid carbs, eat protein or not, be vegetarian, go dairy free, go wheat free. And now the raw foods diet is getting attention. What does this diet involve? How can a person survive eating only raw foods?
What is the Raw Food Diet?
The raw food diet is exactly as it says: you consume only raw food. That means no meat, no animal products of any kind, including milk, cheese and eggs. Food should not be cooked over 116F degrees to maintain all the nutrients, vitamins and enzymes present in raw food. Here are some raw food ideas to get you thinking.
- Fruits- fresh, juiced, or dried
- Vegetables-fresh, juiced or dried
- Coconut milk
Typical Preparation of Raw Foods
Since you cannot cook food over 116 F, preparation of food takes some creativity. Seeds, grains and beans are soaked to soften. Juicing is a great way to extract minerals from a raw food; the leftover pulp can be used as well. Blending foods together is an easy way to make food; a coarse blend could make salsa, while thorough blending would make a soup base. Preparation may take a while, but not much longer than cooking would, unless your idea of cooking is to pop a frozen dinner into the microwave.
Benefits of the Raw Food Diet
There are many benefits to consuming mostly raw foods. Simply the avoidance of animal products alone cuts out most sources of cholesterol and fat that are bad for the body. Eating raw foods can lower cholesterol and heart disease, boost the immune system and energy levels, aid digestion and those who eat raw foods generally weight less than others.
Raw Foods and IBS
There haven't been any studies focusing on the raw food diet and IBS. Due to the wide variety of IBS triggers, no one can say for sure if the raw food diet is appropriate for those with IBS. Some people find cooked foods sit better with them, while others proclaim the benefits of eating fresh foods. Whatever your case may be, it is important to eat enough fresh fruits and vegetables as well as fiber and whole grains. Perhaps, instead of ascribing to any specific diet plan, formulate your own that best suits your IBS needs. You may find dairy especially gentle on your digestive system or maybe dairy is a trigger of IBS. Be sure to actively seek out the most beneficial diet for you.