Raw Food Diet, The Benefits and Pitfalls

Raw Food Diet*

*Always consult your primary care physician before going on any diet.

Benefits:

  • Reduced risk of chronic disease, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease
  • Weight Loss
  • Detox
  • Better Digestion
  • Balanced PH levels, higher alkaline levels, less acidity in the body
  • Increased Energy
  • Clearer Skin

Concerns:

  • Can be dangerous for those who are underweight or have a history of eating disorders, see a physician before switching to a raw food diet
  • For those with diabetes or hypoglycemia, this diet can worsen your condition if done improperly (be careful about the number of fruits and fruit juices you consume).
  • Vitamin B12, zinc, and omega-3 deficiencies are sometimes found in those who follow a raw food diet. Make sure you eat a variety of foods to make sure you are getting enough of these essential vitamins. Supplementing your raw food diet with a multivitamin can help.
  • When starting a raw food diet, you may experience some detox symptoms (especially if you are switching over from a diet high in sugars, meats, and caffeine). These side effects include headaches, nausea, and cravings and may last several days until your body adjusts.
  • Some foods are unsafe to eat raw. Here is a list of some foods that should NOT be eaten raw: kidney beans, soy beans, fava beans, certain wild mushrooms, peas, potatoes, rhubarb leaves, taro, cassava, alfalfa sprouts, and parsnips

Raw Foods:

  • Nuts and seeds
  • Sprouted grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Raw cheeses
  • Sashimi, smoked or cured fish
  • Seaweed
  • Raw chocolate
  • Dried fruits
  • Coconuts, coconut milk, coconut water
  • Super Foods: goji berries, maca, raw bee pollen
  • Flax seed oil, coconut oil
  • Fermented foods: miso, kimchee, sauerkraut

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