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What is a raw food diet?

A raw food diet is a diet that consists entirely or mostly of “uncooked” foods. There are different types of raw food diet. Some schools of thoughts promote a diet based on sprouts and vegetables, others on fruits and greens, and others even include raw animal products (such as raw fish).

The most popular version of the raw food diet is the raw vegan diet, which avoids all animal products and includes a variety of raw fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts and seeds.

How do you call someone who eats a raw food diet?

They are called a raw-foodist, raw-fooder, living-foodist or fruitarian. The most common term is “raw-foodist.”

How many people eat a raw food diet?

Hundreds of thousands of people have tried this diet, but only a small percentage of the population could be considered raw-foodist. However, the raw food movement is growing at a very rapid rate.

What are the benefits?

The most common benefits reported by raw-foodists are:

– Increased energy
- Better overall health
- Depression goes away, better mood
- Improved digestion
- Optimal weight easy to reach and maintain (often when everything else has failed)
- Improvements with a long list of health problems

Are there any dangers?

The only danger is to not know how to balance the diet and eat an insufficient amount of calories. Most people who start out on the raw-food diet do not have the right nutritional knowledge to know what to eat and in which quantities. Therefore, they end up eating an insufficient amount of food, which can lead to emaciation and deficiencies.

However, once a person learns to eat the right amount of calories and the right proportion of foods, there are no dangers to eating a raw food diet.

It is recommended to take a vitamin b-12 supplement. The book “The Raw Secrets“ goes in details about all of the possible mistakes people make on this diet.

What can I eat?

All fruits are allowed, as are raw vegetables, all types of nuts, avocados, nuts, seeds. Whole foods are preferred.

A person my decide to incorporate about 50% raw foods in their diet and increase from there.

Where can I find out more about it?

The Raw Health Starter Kit is a complete course and resource about every aspect of the raw food diet you should know about. Click here for more information and to register for a free mini-course.

Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.