Weighing the Benefits of Raw Veganism

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Raw veganism has become popularised in recent years; we explore some of the positive and negative effects. Research and opinions are varied as the eating regime has only recently become more main-stream. Based on our research a raw vegan diet can work wonders for the body over a couple of months, but is not necessarily the best life long diet plan. Research thus far points that eating a raw vegan diet most of the time and inserting healthy balanced food produce like white fish once a month and cooking certain vegetables once a month can actively boost the immune system. Although everybody is different, and you should always consult a doctor before making any drastic changes to your diet.

THE FACTS IN BULLETS:

 

POSITIVES

+ Uncooked fruits and vegetables retain nutrients and vitamins better than cooked food most of the time

+ People often lose weight

+ A diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables is recommended by experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

+ Fruits and vegetables are proportionally high in nutrients and low in calories

+ A 2005 study published in The Journal of Nutrition confirms that a diet high in raw fruits and vegetables lowers levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides

+ Reduced risk of disease: most processed foods contain artificial sweeteners and/or other chemical additives and preservatives that may contain carcinogens and lead to health issues

+ Eat larger portions since fruits and vegetables contain fewer calories

+ Brighter, clearer skin

+ Increased energy

+ Proven to relieve symptoms of and even cure conditions such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, depression, arthritis, asthma, skin conditions, candida, fibromyalgia, anxiety, eating disorders

+ Reduced pre-menstrual symptoms

+ Improved sleep

+ Environmentally sustainable: livestock industry gives off more pollution than any other single factor, less packaging needed since raw foods are usually not packaged, because less foods are processed

NEGATIVES:

– You may need to take supplements to get enough vitamin D, iron, zinc and vitamin B-12. “The Journal of Nutrition” found that 38 percent of the study participants on raw food diets for a long time were deficient in vitamin B-12

– Many fruits and vegetables are difficult for humans to digest raw

– Experts at the University of California say some nutrients, like lycopene in tomatoes and beta carotene in carrots, are more efficiently released through cooking
– Upsetting Nature: Research shows that human beings are naturally omnivores like our closest living species the chimpanzee
Some women may stop menstruating as a result of reduced energy or weight in certain cases

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