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Think It’s Raw? Guess Again! “Tricky” Foods to Avoid on a Raw Foods Diet

Posted Apr 16 2012 10:46am


You may think you are only eating foods that are raw diet approved, but are you? Following the basic rules of a raw diet; only consuming foods that have not been heated above 118 degrees and have not been altered from their natural state by processing and by adding preservatives, seems simple initially. However, there are a variety of food items that seem compatible with a raw diet at first glance, but upon closer investigation you will discover that they are not. Reading labels thoroughly can help you to decipher which foods are truly raw diet approved and which break the rules.

Roasted Nuts

While nuts are generally an ideal choice for supplying protein on a raw diet, you must be mindful of the preparation of the nuts you are choosing. A roasted nuts label indicates that the nuts have been exposed to temperatures that exceed the 118 degrees mandated by a raw diet. This makes roasted nuts off limits on a raw diet. Instead of roasted nuts, choose raw nuts, which are acceptable on a raw diet. When purchasing nuts, even those that do not appear to be processed or “roasted,” always read the label and ingredient lists to be sure.

Dried Fruits

Although you may assume that the dried fruits you purchase were dried naturally in the sun, making them acceptable on a raw diet, you will find this is not always the case. Dried fruits can be dried artificially and using temperatures that exceed 118 degrees. There can also be added preservatives in the fruit as well as added sugar. Since the water naturally present in the fruits has been removed, even when dried naturally, this means that some of the nutrients have been removed with the water. Due to this, dried fruits should be eaten sparingly, if at all. Read labels and ingredient lists thoroughly when purchasing dried fruit to confirm they maintain the raw diet standards, or simply remove the guess work and stick to fresh fruits instead.

Canned and Frozen Vegetables

Canned and frozen vegetables are often pre-cooked before being packaged and sent to the grocery stores. Don’t assume that just because you are not cooking the vegetables that they have not been pre-treated and cooked. Packaged vegetables are also often full of preservatives to make their shelf lives longer. You will find upon investigating labels and reading ingredients that the majority of packaged vegetables and fruits will be off limits on a raw diet.

Store-Bought Juices

Like the packaged vegetables, store-bought fruit and vegetable juices typically have been processed and contain added preservatives, sweeteners and artificial colors and flavors. Only fresh-squeezed juices that have not been pasteurized or have added preservatives are raw diet acceptable. Read the labels thoroughly to reveal ingredients and processing that make the juices contradict the raw diet rules. Investing in a home juicer is your best option and removes the task of label reading. Making your own fruit and vegetable juices is your best option for creating a beverage that you are certain is raw diet friendly.

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