Wild and raw foods
The raw food movement originated during the Natural Hygiene movement of the 1800s.
This movement defines “raw food” as food that is not heated/cooked at temperatures greater than 115 to 118 degrees F. This is thought to preserve nutrients, enzymes, diminish the energy used for cooking, and keep food in its most natural form.
A raw food diet is generally based on fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and sprouted/soaked grains and legumes. Typically, raw foodists are vegan (100% plant-based). However, some raw foodists also consume raw fish, meat and dairy.
Why is eating raw so important?
Some experts feel that a raw food diet is our “natural” diet because it represents what we would have eaten in the wild, before developing agriculture, domesticating animals, and creating processed foods.
Adherents claim that raw food diets enhance health. Based on anecdotal reports, the benefits of raw eating include:
- Clear mind
- Clear skin
- Improved bowel movements
- Improved sleep
- Improved energy
- Body fat loss