Increasing your intake of raw foods might feel like quite an undertaking. But a diet high in raw foods doesn’t have to be difficult, dull or pricey. In fact, you don’t need fancy equipment, expensive ingredients, or—heaven forbid—an endless parade of salads in order to incorporate more raw foods into your meals. Here are a few painless ways to work raw foods into your everyday diet.
Raw food consists of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds in their natural, unprocessed state. The benefits of eating raw food go beyond esoteric concepts like detoxifying or alkalinizing the body. Whether you’re a committed vegan or a meat-and-potatoes omnivore, here are seven compelling reasons you should consider adding more raw foods to your everyday diet.
A raw vegan diet is rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, water, essential fatty acids, plant protein, beneficial enzymes and probiotics, phytochemicals and antioxidants. It is free of processed sugars, artificial sweeteners, chemicals and preservatives, unhealthy fats, animal products, and common allergens such as gluten and soy. Also, if you buy organic, a raw diet minimizes your intake of pesticides and GMOs. (more…)