Over the past few years there have been a plethora of healthy hotspots popping up all over the show. The likes of quinoa salads, collard wraps, raw cakes and colourful lattes are just some of the many draw factors to these one-stop health food shops. And there is no one more excited about this than us! Raw food is a prominent feature in these joints and absolutely everyone should be looking to include raw foods into their body to achieve amazing health!
Raw food technically refers to any food that is not cooked above 48 degrees Celsius and therefore it is food in its most natural state. By the very fact that the food has not been heat-treated, it is abundant in everything that has enabled it to sprout and grow in the first place and that is going to be beneficial to our health – enzymes, water, oxygen, macronutrients, vitamins, minerals and so much more. Untouched, untainted, raw food is the most honest food you will eat. Cooking foods above 48 degrees Celsius may lead to denaturing of some of the important nutrients so there will not be as great a supply of vitamins and minerals to the body.
Raw foods allow for a highly bioavailable supply of ALL macronutrients and micronutrients (even protein!). Jam-packed with beneficial enzymes, raw foods allow for efficient digestion and absorption of all nutrients into your body so you can reap the greatest possible health benefits. As our natural enzyme levels become depleted on a daily basis through normal metabolic processes in the body and exposure to our external environment, it is important to top these up through natural dietary sources as often as possible.
Consuming raw foods will also help generate an alkaline environment within the body, important for staving off any symptoms of illness or disease. In addition, raw foods provide optimal hydration, as well as being satiating and energising.
While it is great for everyone to be including raw food into their diet to some extent, eating 100% raw is not realistic for most people. The introduction of raw food in your body to any extent is going to be beneficial to your health. For example, blend up some fresh greens and fruit into a morning smoothie, cut up some carrot and celery sticks for daytime snacks or toss together a fresh salad for lunch (minus the added cooked meats and sugary dressings). Whatever suits you, the more raw the better!
There is a common misconception around raw food that because it’s raw it is tasteless, chewy and hard to eat. Raw foods not only include plain fruit and veg but also nuts, seeds, nut milks, juices, smoothies, superfood powders, sprouted grains, nut butters, cold-pressed oils, fermented foods, raw “unbaking” and more. YUM!
We recommend everyone gives raw food a chance and take note of how you feel after days or weeks of this extra nourishment. We bet you will be feeling nourished, lighter, more energised and alive!
Feel free to share this article with anyone who needs a little extra nourishment in their life and if you have any fun and interesting ways to include RAW in your diet, let us know in the comments below xo