You may have only heard about the raw food diet in the last ten years, but actually it dates back to the beginning of the 20th century when it was developed in Switzerland by Maximilian Bircher-Benner. It consists mainly of of fresh, whole, unrefined, plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, eaten in their natural state, without cooking or steaming.
Consumed this way the body finds it easier to digest and absorb key nutrients, which are often lost in the cooking process.
Studies also suggest that raw foods have higher nutrient and antioxidants values than foods than cooked foods.
Plus, reports suggest eating raw food can lower inflammation, improve digestion, provide more dietary fiber, improve heart health, help liver function, and increase energy levels.
If you’re a committed meat eater, going raw can still be done as it is possible to include raw fish, eggs, and even some meat and raw dairy products as long as they haven’t been pasteurized, homogenized, or produced with the use of chemical fertilizers, synthetic pesticides, or chemical food additives.
If you’re new to raw, a good rule of thumb is to start gradually, slowly incorporating more raw produce in your daily diet, while cutting out heavily processed foods. And don’t give up too easily. Time and patience is key to getting lasting results.
As proponents of the raw ethos we at Endoca see our raw hemp oil products as a natural extension to the raw lifestyle and believe that offering hemp as close as possible to its original state is more beneficial for our health.