The Raw Food Diet: Why Many People are Choosing to Eat Raw

The Raw Food Diet: Why Many People are Choosing to Eat Raw

The raw food diet is becoming increasingly popular in North America, as more and more people are becoming aware of exactly what is in the food that are consumed. This article, with reference to Living on Live Food by Alissa Cohen, reveals what the general public is actually eating and why so many people have decided to go raw.

What is a Raw Food Diet?

The raw or living food diet consists of uncooked fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and sprouted grains. The food is not processed, heated, or cooked. It is simply the whole food in its natural state.

What is on the Raw Food Menu?

Here is a partial list of what can be eaten on a raw food diet. Keep in mind that anything from a can or jar is not raw food.

  • fruits: apples, apricots, bananas, blueberries, cherries, coconuts, mangos, figs, grapefruit, kiwis, papaya, peaches, pears, strawberries, tomatoes, zucchini.
  • vegetables: beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, corn, lettuces, endive, fennel, garlic, eggplant, onions, peppers, spinach, squash.
  • nuts and seeds (unsalted and uncooked only): almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, filberts, flaxseeds, hazelnuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts.
  • beans, legumes and grains (soaked and spouted only): barely, buckwheat, chickpeas, lentils, quinoa, rye, wheat.
  • dried fruit (no sugars or sulfates)
  • seaweeds
  • organic olive oil
  • apple cider vinegar
  • raw honey
  • raw carob powder (makes an excellent chocolate substitute)
  • Braggs Liquid Aminos
  • sea salt, spices and herbs
  • almond butter and other nut butters

The Theory Behind Raw Food

Raw foodists believe that eating raw provides the body with vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other nutrients that cooking destroys. Of most concern to someone living the raw food diet are the breakdown of enzymes from cooked foods and the disruption of the body’s acid-alkaline balance.

Enzyme Breakdown

Enzymes are mostly proteins that work as catalysts in the body and are required for almost all cellular reactions. The body attains enzymes by both making them and consuming them through food; however, the less enzymes one consumes the more the body has to make. Cooking food to over approximately 112°F destroys the food’s enzymes. A meal of entirely cooked food will result in the body having to produce enzymes to not only digest the meal, but also continue with daily cellular functions, as well.

Acid-Alkaline Balance

One of the greatest risks of a typical North American diet is the potential to make the body too acidic, and although there are volumes of research and discussion on this subject, the general consensus is that the more acidic a body is, the more susceptible the person is to disease and illness.

Doctor Ted Morter in Dynamic Health writes:

“When your body is too acid for too long, it plays the game of life with a lineup of backup systems… If the red-alert goes on for months or even years, systems and organs become exhausted. An exhausted body can’t compete with disease. Eventually disease wins the game.”

What to Expect Eating Raw food


  • increase in energy
  • calmer but also more alert and awake
  • radiant skin and hair
  • weight loss or weight gain, if needed

These changes are usually very rapid but the ease of transition to raw food will be reflected by the kind of foods a person consumes prior to changing their diet. Whether one chooses to eat raw or only mostly raw, these harmful foods of the North American diet should be avoided or minimized as much as possible

Categories: Diet, Health, Nutrition