3 Great Reasons to Switch to a Raw Food Vegan Diet
Posted Jan 06 2010 9:13pm
A raw food diet is one in which at least 75% of food consumed is not cooked (above a temperature of 115F). The consumption of “living” or raw food has myriad benefits. Here are three.
Benefit 1 – Rapid Weight Loss
It is a well noted fact that people on raw food vegan diets shed weight in a surprisingly quick amount of time. Why is this? One major reason is the nature of raw food. Uncooked food has a lot of fiber in it and it takes less raw food than cooked food to feel full.
Benefit 2 – Improved Health
Beyond the benefits of weight loss (i.e. less chance of heart disease and diabetes) there are even more health benefits to a raw food vegan diet. Such a diet allows us to consume vitamins, useful bacteria, and helpful enzymes which are normally killed in the cooking process. The result is that raw food vegan eaters have seen higher levels of energy and have experienced much easier digestion.
Most of the food we eat is highly processed and laden with preservatives and simple sugars. These types of foods can disrupt bodily systems. Proponents of the raw food vegan diet have noted higher energy levels and better health and well being.
Benefit 3 -More Environmentally Friendly and Ethical
The vast majority of the meat consumed comes from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO). These industrial operations are notorious for very unethical animal treatment, significant environmental degradation and disease. An organic raw vegan diet is a vote against a system that is unhealthy, unethical and unfriendly to the environment.
Vegans should make sure to supplement their diets with B12 since it is only found in animal products.
So drop some pounds, be healthier and do something great for the earth, switch to a raw food vegan diet.