Friday, February 11, 2011

Raw Vegan Diet

Raw vegan diet combines vegan and raw food, excluding all food cooked above 48 degrees Celsius and from all food from animal origin. It includes, as the name suggests, raw and fresh fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, grain and legume sprouts, plant oils, herbs and seeds, seaweeds, nuts and nut pastes and fresh juices. Other diet versions include fruitarianism, sproutarianism and juicearianism.

A raw sampler (raw corn chowder)

What you’ll need:

  • 2 ears of fresh corn
  • 2 cups of raw nut milk like almond milk
  • A dash of cayenne pepper

What you’ll do:

  • Blend together the almond milk and a corn ear in a blender
  • Add the remaining corn
  • Sprinkle a dash of cayenne pepper.
  • Refrigerate raw soup to allow flavors to meld.
  • Serve and enjoy

Some reasons why people turn into this kind of diet, vegans mostly, to begin with, are:

  • Health reasons – they believe that cooking food destroys the balance of micronutrients and that dangerous chemicals are produced by the heat interaction with protein, fats and carbohydrates during the cooking process. Individuals also believed that it is a healthier diet. This diet increases energy, improves skin appearance and digestion, reduce risk of heart disease and can very well result to weight loss. Some studies even show that raw vegan diet reduced breast cancer risk due to consumption of large amounts of raw vegetables.

  • Environmental reasons – most raw vegan are concerned about the ill effects of cooking in the environment. The use of wood or fossil fuels for cooking produces greenhouse gasses and other pollutants harmful to the environment.

  • Philosophical reasons – some would even venture that a raw vegan diet places more importance on spiritual gain.

This kind of diet, though, is not suitable for everyone. Children, pregnant and breastfeeding mother, and people with anemia or those with high risk for osteoporosis are best advised to explore other diet types for medical reasons


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