Feature Article: The Raw Food Diet: Is it Really Healthy? :

By Sheila Buck

The raw food diet is based on eating raw, unprocessed, whole, live foods for the majority of your diet. Raw foodists believe, and some studies have shown, that cooking food reduces its nutritional value. With the raw food diet, foods are prepared in a way that helps the nutrients stay in the foods so they are more healthy to eat. There is some disagreement between doctors and raw foodists, as to whether or not this is a healthy diet.

Raw foodists believe that the body is more alkaline, and the diet should be more alkaline and less acidic. Raw foods are more alkaline and cooked foods are more acidic. Therefore, raw foods are better for your body. They believe that eating raw foods helps the body eliminate toxins, helps prevent or heal many chronic diseases, and encourages weight loss. If the diet is not done correctly it can lead to dehydration and other medical problems.

Some doctors believe that the raw food diet is a lifestyle choice and not a weight loss plan. The diet can lead to dehydration, anemia, neurological impairment, low bone mass, as well as other medical conditions. Although research shows that the raw food diet can lead to these conditions, it has also shown that it does help prevent some forms of cancer.

The majority of raw foodists are vegan. The do not eat meat or dairy. There are some that eat organic eggs, chicken, and other products. The following is a list of foods usually eaten by raw foodists.

  • Raw fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Seeds
  • Nuts
  • Sea vegetables

Raw foodists drink:

  • Purified water
  • Fresh made juice
  • Tea brewed by sitting in the sun

The raw food diet has its pro’s and con’s. If done correctly, it can do wonderful things for your body.  If this is a lifestyle choice you would like to make, it is always best to ask your physician before you start. More research should also be done, so an informed decision can be made.


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Sheila Buck is the single mom of two teenage boys. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. Sheila is a freelance writer, and also writes books and short stories in her spare time. Sheila also writes for Frugal is Fabulous!.

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