- The raw food diet mostly comprises of completely raw or unprocessed foods
- The best part of eating a raw diet is that it is low in calories
- A gluten-free diet is recommended if you are health-conscious
The raw food diet often known as the raw veganism diet has been around since many years, but it has gained a lot of popularity in the recent years. People who support this diet believe it to be ideal for overall good health. It has numerous health benefits, including weight management, improved vitality, being energetic and low risks to chronic diseases. However, health experts and nutritionists also warn us against the Raw Food diet as it may lead to some negative effects on our health. The Raw Food diet mostly comprises of completely raw or unprocessed foods. The Raw Food diet is usually plant-based, including mostly nuts, sprouted grains, seeds, fruits and vegetables. While most raw food diets are completely plant-based, some people also consume raw eggs and dairy products.
There are three types of raw food diets:
- Plant-based foods along with eggs and dairy products
- No animal products at all
- Eat both plant-based and animal-based foods
Here are six health benefits of consuming a raw food diet:
1. Increase fruit and vegetable consumption: The raw food diet basically consists of vitamin-rich, fresh and sweet fruits and dark green leafy vegetables. Fruits have few calories and keep energized and satisfied throughout the day. The fiber in fruits aids in slow and healthy digestion. Vegetables provide all the essential minerals. Green and leafy vegetables like spinach and kale are rich in protein which is beneficial for muscle strength. Vegetables and fruits can be blended or juiced, added to smoothies and can be consumed in salads as well.
2. Weight loss: The raw diet is believed to be low in fat which helps you in losing weight quickly. It primarily consists of carbohydrates and protein. The fats that are consumed in a raw food diet are unsaturated fats which basically come from nuts, seeds and avocados. Unsaturated fats are much healthier than the saturated fats and do not lead to weight gain.
3. Maintaining a healthy heart: The raw food is a heart-friendly diet as it keeps a check on the cholesterol levels due to its low sodium content. With low added salt, the raw food diet reduces the risk of heart diseases. It allows the heart to pump more efficiently and increase the efficiency of blood flow, thus maintaining a healthy heart.
4. Balanced diet: The raw food diet consists of enough carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals and fats which together constitute a balanced diet. Raw food makes the body feel light, active and alert all day long.
5. Gluten-free: A low-gluten or gluten-free diet is recommended if you are health-conscious. Gluten, which is found mainly in grains, is not easily digested. Grains require cooking in order to be digested; hence they are completely eliminated from the diet.
Also read: Do I Really Need A Gluten Free Diet?
6. No starving: The best part of eating a raw diet is that it is low in calories. As long as you are eating raw and plant-based foods, you can have as much as you want without the worry of gaining weight. On a raw diet, you can fill your stomach as much with the wonderful fruits and vegetables as your heart desires.
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