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3 Benefits of Eating Raw

"Raw' cuisine emphasizes the natural nutrition present in the foods we enjoy. Most raw foodists believe that the cooking process (raising the temperature of food above 116° fahrenheit) destroys natural enzymes that foster digestion and combat chronic disease. Through the consumption of unprocessed, whole plant - based foods, and ideally organic foods, the Raw foodist believes that the higher the proportion of raw food in our diet, the healthier we will be.

At Seasoned Vegan, we are happy to offer appetizers, entrees, and desserts for anyone desiring to try delicious raw food prepared with love and health conscience. Without further ado, we present 3 benefits of Raw Cuisine.

The Stuffed Avocado at Seasoned Vegan

1. Less 'Bad' Fat, More 'Good' Fat

Reports from the Journal of Nutrition state that increased use of raw foods in our diet lowers both cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the body, some of the main indicators for heart disease, obesity & high blood pressure. Raw foods typically do not have as many trans and saturated fats, as compared to most cooked foods, especially fast food, junk food and any other processed foods. Most raw foods, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, are naturally gluten-free. Thus, weight loss is to be expected on this diet.

2. The Ability to cleanse and purify

Zucchini Mac at Seasoned Vegan

Raw foods are also extremely high in nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, fiber and disease - fighting plant phytochemicals. Due to the increased natural nutrition present in raw food, this diet can clear up headaches and allergies, boost immunity and memory, and improve arthritis and diabetes. For these reasons, a raw diet is a great place to start for a 'cleansing' of the liver, blood and digestive organs.

3. The Raw diet is EcoFriendly

Eco-friendly eating is possible with the raw food diet since less packaging and less use of energy sources for cooking is necessary. Raw foods lessen dependencies on aluminum cans or toxic plastics, thus reducing our intake of the harmful chemicals that can be emitted through canned and packaged containers. Most Raw food diets also do not support the often environmentally wasteful fishing and meat industries. Instead, raw foodists are encouraged to support local, seasonal, and sustainable food options to supplement their diets.

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"Raw Paleo Diet - The Raw Paleolithic Diet & Lifestyle!". Retrieved 2015-02-01.

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