RAW FOOD 101 © 2004

(1)   What is a raw food diet?
Raw foodists eat uncooked fruits, vegetables, sprouts, nuts seeds, grains, and sea vegetables. There are numerous subdivisions of raw foodists too.

  • Essene- a diet based on the Essene Gospels of Peace, which consists of raw sprouts, wheatgrass, vegetables, and fruit.
  • Fruitarian- a diet of at least 75% fruit
  • Liquidarian- a person who consumes only liquids and juices.
  • Raw Healing Vegan eats a 95-100% raw diet with no animal products (often used to heal health problems).
  • Raw Vegetarian eats about 80% raw foods and 20% cooked foods and may also eat dairy, eggs and fish.
  • Sproutarian- a person who eats mainly sprouts.

    (2)  Why are enzymes important?
    The enzymatic content present in our bodies is directly related to the quality of our health and longevity,” says Rita Romano, author of Dining in the Raw.“Enzymes are the catalysts of every chemical reaction in our body. Without them there can be no cellular division, immune system functioning, energy production, nor brain activity.”

    Three Kinds
    Metabolic enzymes help to prevent disease, they retard the aging process and they boost the immune system. Digestive enzymes break down the food we eat, and this is why it’s important to chew your food thoroughly because while you chew enzyme-filled saliva forms in your mouth and starts the digestion process.

    Finally, enzymes are found in great abundance in some food sources, primarily uncooked, marinated and dehydrated foods, according to Rita Romano. Consumption of meat and dairy is rarely eaten raw, but that's the only way to get any enzymes out of those foods.

    Raw meat?
    Eskimos have been able to sustain on all raw meat diets with no vegetables for more than fifty years, according to Dr. Blake Donaldson . Interestingly, the all-meat Atkins diet is based off the Eskimo diet, yet Atkins forgot to mention that the only way this diet is not life threatening is by eating the meat raw.

    (3)   What about protein?
    Animal protein is difficult to digest, and when consumed it can cause "serious toxic waste" as a by product, according to Rita Romano. Sprouted grains, nuts, seeds and beans are excellent sources of protein, as wells as raw nuts and raw seeds.

    Not These Nuts
    Cashews are cooked while they are being processes, so even though you may read a label that says “Raw Cashews” it’s almost guaranteed to be false. Fair warning about peanuts, they contain aflatoxin, which is a carcinogenic substance, and this dangerous mold can grow due to improper storage of the nut butter. ¹

    To determine how much protein you need multiply your weight in kg by .8 g of protein, according to Dr. Karin Kratina. (2.2 lbs = 1 kg, so divide your weight in lbs by 2.2 lbs, and then multiply that answer by .8g, and the result is how much protein is recommended for you on a daily basis.