Raw foodism simply describes a way of eating, it is a raw and usually, plant based diet.
Raw eating is neither a conventional weight loss diet, a religion or even a weird, hippie eating fad. It is, however, a way of life for many health-minded people. This type of eating is also known as “going raw” or “eating a raw diet,” describes a lifestyle where cooked foods are eliminated and is the practice of eating raw foods instead of traditional cooked foods. Usually, the raw, usually only plant derived foods are both organic and non-genetically modified (GMO) food. Those who practice such eating habits are referred to as “raw foodists.”
This practice of eating mainly raw food includes many variations of several eating habits. The most popular types of raw foodism are:
Vegan Raw – Those who follow this type of raw food diet eat only plant derived foods in their natural, uncooked form. They exclude all types of animal products including honey, milk, eggs and slaughtered animal by-products. These raw foodists can further be divide into 'fruitarians', 'juicearians' and 'sproutarians'. The majority of vegan raw foodists utilize a mixture of all of the above methods.
Vegetarian Raw – Vegetarian raw foodists exclude meat from their diets, but incorporate animal-sourced foods such as raw, unpasteurized dairy products, raw eggs and honey. More extreme forms and practices of raw foodism are:
Fruitarians – Those who eat a diet consisting almost exclusively of raw fruits and nuts.
Juicearians – Those who process their raw plant food into juice.
Sproutarians – Those who primarily eat sprouted seeds.
Omnivorous Raw – These raw foodists eat all type of fruits, nuts, sprouts, seeds, raw dairy and raw meat including raw seafood, raw, red meat and perhaps, raw poultry.
Most raw foodists will not only describe themselves as fitting into one of the above categories, but will also identify themselves with a certain percentage of raw food. For example, a raw foodist may describe themselves as 75% raw vegan. This means that approximately 75% of their daily food is both raw and vegan. The other 25% of their diet may consist of cooked plant food and/or cooked meats.
Others may describe themselves as being “high raw”— a majority of their food is raw.
A Few Raw Foodism Myths Refuted
Raw foods may contain harmful bacteria.
There is a bit of truth to this statement. The raw food that we love is living and full of wonderful enzymes. But there are also harmful, living additives such as bacteria, parasites and molds. Most of these are harmless, but some can cause severe food poisoning. Cooking your food is no guarantee that you will not be harmed by some of these negatives. Raw food, as with any food, you need to use good hygiene and common sense. Here are some very basic raw food safety tips.
I was told that using hydrogen peroxide is more effective than cooking your food.
If you are not eating meat you are not getting protein.
One of the myths of eating raw food is its seeming lack of protein. Consider where cows (for those who used to eat steak and hamburger) get their protein? They get it from greens. That is why I try to drink a green smoothie every day to get my protein plus lots of other great health benefits!
A diet of totally raw foods is not "balanced".
A conventional “balanced diet” usually consists of fruits, vegetables, grains and meat. In a raw food diet, the grains can be included, just not cooked, so processed traditional bread is not to be found and there is usually no animal flesh consumed. To the uninformed this is not a balanced diet. However, looking closely at the practice of raw foodism, you will find that everything goes back to a plants. Bread and meat both have plant-based origins. Raw foodism is simply eliminating the “middle man” of both carnivores and traditional processing and eating plants in their most natural form.
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