Thursday, June 16, 2011

Eating in the Raw

The raw food diet is one of the hot new popular diets, espoused by some movie stars and models. It is a diet based on unprocessed and uncooked plant foods, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, seeds, nuts, sprouted grains and dried fruit. These foods maintain their full spectrum of nutrients and enzymes since they are not overly processed and have not been heated above a temperature of 104 to 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Proponents of the raw food diet believe it can help increase energy, enhance weight loss, improve digestion, improve skin appearance and even reduce risk for some diseases.
If eating a fully raw diet sounds difficult or unappealing, don’t worry. You don’t have to eat a 100% raw diet to see the benefits! Anyone can reap benefits of raw foods just by adding more of them into your daily diet. In addition to adding salads, fresh fruits and vegetables, there are now a variety of ready to eat snacks, bars, raw nuts, unsulfured dried fruits and trail mixes that fit the criteria of raw food. So, add a little more RAW in your diet, and reap the benefits of optimum health.