raw-food dietA diet composed of uncooked and unprocessed food. Common to all raw food diets is the consumption of raw fruits and vegetables, preferably in season, which are supplemented with muesli (an uncooked cereal), nuts, lentils, seeds and sprouts. The diet may also include unpasteurised milk and cheese made from raw milk, raw fish (e.g., sushi) and raw meat.
Reduced LDL cholesterol.
Lack of animal-based foods (meat, fish, eggs, poultry or dairy) carries a long-term risk of vitamin B12 deficiency; lack of dairy products is associated with calcium and vitamin D deficiency; raw animal foods (if included) carry an increased risk of bacterial infection.