raw-food diet

raw-food diet

A 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.

Pros
Reduced LDL cholesterol.

Cons
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.
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para]]According to Assisi Animal Health, recent statistics show a 25-percent increase in owners feeding their cats a raw-food diet.
Though 12 Steps to Raw Foods: How to End Your Dependency on Cooked Food features plenty of recipes, its purpose is to be the antithesis of "cookbooks" per se - author and raw-food diet teacher Victoria Boutenko extols the benefits of raw foods and the disadvantages of cooked foods (notably that cooking often destroys nutrients) to the extent of describing a diet of cooked foods as a "dependency".
I actually tried a raw-food diet for a bit, where you don't eat cooked food at all.
The person with the smallest increase lived on a raw-food diet, ran three times per week, and did yoga twice a week outdoors and at home.
Just as a raw-food diet creates a feeling of wholeness, Hatsis's book is a satisfying whole.
Raw foods contain only negligible amounts of AGEs, which might explain in part why raw-food diets have been reported to improve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.