The Advantages and Disadvantages of a Raw Food Diet



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Posted 9/3/2012


 

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Followers of the raw food diet believe that cooking food destroys their nutrients. One of the main reasons why it is necessary to eat food raw is that they contain live enzymes that help us with digestion. Cooking the food will kill these enzymes. Thus, a raw food diet primarily consists of plant-derived foods such as raw vegetables, nuts, seeds and fruits. In some extreme cases, raw animal meat products are also consumed. In ordinary diets, vegetables and fruits may be consumed raw but meat products must be cooked. The popularity of the raw food diet can be seen in the emergence of all-raw restaurants. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of this popular diet can help you decide whether it is good for you or not.

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Posted 9/5/2012
 

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wouldn't there be some risks with raw/uncooked food? And, wouldn't there also be some benefits that you don't get from raw food but you do get from cooked?
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Posted 9/5/2012


 

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You're right! As mentioned in the article -

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Proponents of traditional diets claim that you don’t need to eat food raw in order to get nutrients. There are some foods that become healthier when cooked. Cooking red-colored vegetables such as tomatoes unleashes lycopene and other carotenoids which strengthen the immune system, fight cancer and lowers the risk of heart disease. A raw food diet follower may also miss out on essential nutrients such as zinc, iron, calcium, vitamin B12 and vitamin D. Thus raw food adherents are advised to supplement their diet with extra vitamins.

Another disadvantage is the exposure to bacteria and viruses in contaminated food. Cooking and processing food gets rid of harmful bacteria such as salmonella. Uncooked food may make a person ill and could lead to other complications such as food poisoning. Young children, elderly people and those with weak immune system are most vulnerable to food-borne illnesses.

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