Why A Raw Food Diet Might Not Be The Best Way To Eat

Why A Raw Food Diet Might Not Be The Best Way To Eat

I have often gotten questions about what I think about the Raw Food Diet and its ability to keep you healthy over the long haul. Even though I am a fitness expert, I think that I am qualified to talk about this because I spent years being a vegetarian and a vegan…

…and I even toyed around with the idea of going onto the Raw Food diet for a little while.

But I never did, and today I want to share with you the reasons why.

There Are A Number Of Reasons Why I Think Eating 100% Raw Food Isn’t Optimal

The first thing that thing is that eating raw food is going to separate you, socially. This isn’t usually a good thing for human beings. We all need some level of social interaction for our mental and emotional wellbeing.

In order to go fully raw and vegan, you’ll also have to come to grips with and accept the fact that you’re becoming part a community that is not only outside of the norm. It’s extremely outside of the norm.

People won’t really look at you the same way, and it will be more difficult for you to enjoy eating meals with the people you’ve known and loved for the majority of your entire life

This being said, there are communities you can get involved in as a raw foodist. Depending on where you are located in the world, some of those communities can be really large and there will be lots of opportunity for social interaction and support; however, if you live in a small town, you might begin to find that you’re more isolated than you want to be.

Is There Anything Good About Eating Raw Food?

Why A Raw Food Diet Might Not Be The Best Way To Eat - 1I’m glad you asked. Eating raw food with some of your meals can be very healthy for most people. Green salads are typically made from are raw foods, and there’s nothing wrong with eating one.

So, adding more raw foods to your diet can be incredibly healthy – provided that you don’t have a lot of digestive issues. But I don’t think that eating 100% raw for your whole life is sustainable or healthy for the average person.

The foundational reason why is that we don’t live the same kinds of lifestyles that we lived 10-20,000 years ago when we didn’t cook our food like we do now. Our genetics have changed.  Even the way we digest food has changed.

Our bodies have adapted to the modern lifestyles we live, now. We can’t even digest all the raw foods we used to eat back then. In prehistoric times, our digestive systems were stronger, we were more accustomed to times of feast and famine, and raw foods were more bioavailable to us.

Another reason why I think eating 100% raw is unhealthy and unsustainable for long periods of time is because it’s really difficult to do it right and ensure that you get enough protein, fats, and carbohydrates in the right amounts.

Few People Can Eat A Completely Raw Food Diet Properly

I know a lot of people socially, but I only know a handful of them who are living the raw food lifestyle and doing it the right way and without creating more issues for themselves. One person in particular is a man named Peter Ragnar. Peter is the author of a number of books – one of which is titled How Long Do You Choose To Live?

He’s somewhere between the age of 70-90, but no one can actually verify it because he refuses to tell his age, saying he doesn’t even believe in age. He certainly doesn’t look like most senior citizens we see on a day to day basis…

…and much of that is due to the fact that his diet is very dialed-in to ensure that he is giving his body exactly what it needs to thrive. He knows exactly what to eat to avoid becoming nutrient deficient.

Unfortunately, most of us don’t have enough education or experience do that.

Are You Rigid About The Way You Eat?

What I tend to see is people who have “gotten married” to a dogma of a specific type of nutrition without focusing on whether or not that nutrition is actually good for their body type. One of the many benefit claims of the raw food diet is that cooking destroys important food enzymes that are released into the body during digestion.

What many people fail to remember is that the digestive process itself destroys enzymes. Still, somehow, most of us get the nutrition that we need to get from what we eat, even though our bodies break down foods in a really specific way after we eat them.

Why A Raw Food Diet Might Not Be The Best Way To Eat - 2Research doesn’t really support the fact that eating 100% raw is better than eating cooked food. There have been some health drawbacks that are plainly noted in research, though…and the biggest one is the significant difficulty that many people have eating such high amounts of fiber with every meal.

Lots of times, you can find yourself constipated and bloated on a raw food diet, which is the exact opposite of what you are trying to achieve on a diet like this. As I shared earlier in this article, our bodies have adapted to eating cooked foods.

Going 100% raw might be a shock to your system that your body simply can’t adapt to easily or at all.

Additionally, there are some foods (like tomatoes, spinach, and carrots, and sweet potatoes) whose nutritional value is actually amplified when they are cooked. Many raw foodists who don’t really know how to eat for optimal nutrition find that their Vitamin B12, calcium, fatty acid, and iron levels are dangerously low.

If you supplement with vitamins that are actually high-quality, you might be alright, but why should you have to supplement if your diet is a superior one? Do you see the point I am trying to make?

What Is The Actual Purpose Of Your Diet?

I ultimately think that the goal should be to be as healthy as you possibly can instead of just being dogmatic about a specific diet type – especially if that diet could do you more harm than good the longer you’re on it.

All in all, I don’t think that eating a 100% raw food diet is good for people.

I believe, instead that there should be a fair amount of diversity in what you eat and a willingness to pay attention to what your body is asking you for, every day. In moderation, most foods are good for you to eat.

Balance is the key.

 

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Tyler
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