Forget all the fad diets—if you want optimal health, opt for real food. And if you want to reap maximum benefits from that real food, make sure some of it is raw.
What is Raw Food?
Raw food is exactly what it sounds like—food that hasn’t been cooked. It’s food in its purest form—fresh from Mother Nature. Think fresh, crispy vegetables; juicy, tender fruits; nuts; and seeds.
Cooking can change the fundamental structure of some foods—and even destroy enzymes, vitamins, and minerals that are essential to our health. People who adhere to a strict raw foods diet refrain from heating any food above 115 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature at which the enzymes are destroyed.
But you don’t have to follow a strict raw foods diet to reap the health benefits of raw foods. In fact, many experts recommend eating a healthy mix of cooked and uncooked food in order to get maximum nutritional benefit. Some nutrients in foods like tomatoes are actually made more absorbable after being cooked.
Benefits of More Raw
Raw foods are loaded with nutrition. If you incorporate more raw food into your diet, you’ll reap the benefits:
Choose More Raw
If you want optimal health, it pays to eat a nutrient-dense diet. It doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. Strike a balance and work raw foods into every meal. One great way to increase your consumption of raw foods is to make the salad the main attraction at every meal.
Need more ideas for incorporating raw foods into your diet? Join Lauri Bunting for a raw foods class and learn about the merits and alkalizing effects of sprouted, raw, and plant-based foods.
Thursday September 12, 1:00-2:00 p.m.