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Raw Foods

Raw Foods



Raw foodism is a diet that has been around for the last 200 years, it is now becoming popular again amongst those who are keen to follow the ever-changing food fashion. It sounds incredibly healthy… but is it?

As always, there are contradicting opinions and views on implementing this type of diet in your life. My first thoughts when mulling over the idea of a raw food diet was somewhere between “Wow, that must be so healthy!” and “Blimey, that sounds really boring!” I was recently challenged on my “boring” remark, when presented with a raw, homemade smoothie.

Admittedly it did taste surprisingly nice, but I’m not convinced that these “shakes” could be a main feature of my own day–to-day diet. Whilst I admire the lengths that a lot of people go to make these super-healthy drinks and meals, the amount of peeling, chopping and de-hydrating involved puts me off somewhat, not to mention the washing up afterwards!

Yes, this might be classed as laziness, but with time and energy being such a big issue in most people’s lives and the food-to-go market on the up, it would be difficult for many to muster up enough enthusiasm to create their own health drink. As you would imagine, eating fruit and veg is very good for you. It can improve your digestion, give you more energy and help control your blood pressure.

Fruit and vegetables are packed full of vitamins, minerals and fibre which can only be a positive thing. You would think by having a diet purely consisting of them you couldn’t take a step wrong, however this is not always the case. When raw foods are the only part of a long-term diet you could be losing out on many other essential vitamins and minerals such as protein, vitamin B12, vitamin D and iron therefore it is not recommended for pregnant women, the elderly or those with a chronic medical condition.

A diet that consisted of raw foods would require supplements to avoid developing problems from nutrient inadequacies. In summary, I wouldn’t proactively advocate this type of diet. I can understand how people would think that by having a raw food diet they would be doing themselves a favour, however long-term it appears that it can be harmful if not supplemented by vitamin tablets.

In my opinion, I believe a balanced diet of both raw and cooked foods is better for you, and perhaps more enjoyable! Whatever your preference may be it is important to make sure you give your body what it needs to keep healthy and talk over any major dietary changes with your GP before making a decision. -Mary Bridge, Accounts Payable, Simply Lunch


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