The raw vegan diet is a diet that consists of eating raw vegetables, fruits, seeds, legumes, sprouted grains and nuts. The premise behind this type of diet is that a lot of foods lose their metabolic enzymes when they are cooked. The supporters of these diets state that our foods lose their vitamins and enzymes when they are heated above 118 degrees. Once this happens, the human body must use more of its own digestive juices and enzymes to metabolize the foods that ingests. This can use up the bodies energy and make the body feel tired and sluggish a lot of the time.
The supporters of the raw vegan diet say that eating a totally raw diet is much more healthy for us. They now are stating that when food is cooked it is emitting certain toxins that were not present when the food was raw. Therefore we are ingesting toxins that were not present when we ingest the food when it is raw.
Doctors, nutritionists, and naturopaths have all jumped on the bandwagon for this one. Several books have been written on the subject. Many have reported the raw vegan diet has been able to make them feel younger and have more energy to even heal them from disease and lose weight and prevent illness. There have not been any scientific studies, however to show that any of these reports are true.
It does seem that the raw type diet has moves from the fringes to more of a mainstream type of diet. There are even restaurants on the West Coast that serve this type of fare. Some retreats and other environmental entities are looking into implementing this type of diet into their facilities. Some of the world’s top chefs have been looking into this as well.
There have been some challenges to this type of diet which have included the recent E Coli and Salmonella problems that were reported with tomatoes and chili and jalape~no peppers. This may cause concern with consumers who want to eat raw but are concerned about contracting bacteria from produce that has not been cooked which would kill the bacteria and render it harmless.
Another challenge is that our society has long since the dawn of civilized man, cooked its food. It will be hard to convince mainstream society that we need to go back to eating all raw foods without eating any other types of processed foods or meats in our diets. This may be the biggest hurdle of the all raw diet, yet.
It may be some time before we see if the raw vegan diet is a fad or if it is here to stay. Granted, eating foods that are natural are more healthy, however it does seem a bit extreme to consider eating all food that are raw and fresh without doing any cooking at all.