A raw foodist is someone who follows a raw food diet. A raw foodist also believes in the health benefits of a raw food diet, which they consider more natural and beneficial to the human body than a diet consisting of processed and cooked foods.
Some raw foodists follow a completely raw food diet, and avoid any foods that are processed, non-organic, or heated over 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Others may follow a diet that is mostly raw food, with a few processed or cooked foods supplementing their regular diet. A raw foodist believes that enzymes which are cooked out of foods at temperatures above 104 degrees Fahrenheit are very beneficial to the human body, so one of the key principals of a raw food diet is keeping these enzymes in their foods.
Raw foodists also believe that certain bacterias present in food before cooking are helpful to the body, because the body learns to build up a tolerance to these bacteria over time. Rather than cook or process the bacteria out of raw food, they ingest the raw food and any bacteria that remains on the food after cleaning. A raw foodist thinks that raw food is the food most fit for human consumption, and that unnatural oils, fats, and foods are more harmful to the human body.
Some raw foodists follow particular raw food diets with more specific or narrow guideless. One such raw foodist diet is The Primal Diet. The Primal Diet is a diet consisting of raw meats, organs, vegetables , dairy, honey, and a mimimal amount of fruit, vegetable, and coconut juices. The Primal Diet and other raw meat diets are inspired by early people’s diets that were dependent upon following animals to hunt and kill, and then eating their meat raw or heated by low temperatures. Not every type of raw foodist eats meat, however. Other subsets of raw foodist diets include raw veganism, where meat and other animal by-products are avoided. Another type of raw foodist is the raw vegetarian, who will avoid meat, but consume other raw animal by-products such as honey.
People who decide to become raw foodists may believe that their meals will now take longer to prepare, and be very plain. However, most food available to a raw foodist is simple and fast. Fresh fruits and vegetables can easily be turned into salads, smoothies, and soups. Some meals a raw foodist eats are more complicated. Grains like rice have to be carefully cultivated so that they are able to be digested by the stomach, but are still considered raw by a raw foodist’s guidelines.
There are many books and websites available to people who are interested in becoming raw foodists, or who are currently raw foodists but wish to learn more. Cook books, helpful hints, and online forums are all useful tools for any raw foodist –whether they are struggling with their decision to become a raw foodist, or simply want to share and read about raw foodists like themselves.Written by Elise Goodlife