First developed in Switzerland by Maximilian Bircher-Benner (1867 – 1939), a raw food diet is made up of fresh, whole, unrefined, living, plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, nuts, and seeds, with no cooking or steaming.
When food is consumed in its natural state, the body finds it easier to digest and absorb the key nutrients, which are often lost in the cooking process. For example heating food above 104–118 °F (40–48 °C) starts to break down, destroying the enzymes that aid digestion.
Studies also suggest that raw foods have higher nutrient and antioxidants values than cooked foods.
Incorporating raw food into your diet can also lower inflammation, improve digestion, provide more dietary fiber, improve heart health, help liver function, and increase energy levels.
While many raw fooders are vegans, it is also possible to include raw fish, eggs, and even some meat and raw dairy products. But the key element that unites all raw food diets is that they avoid any foods that have been pasteurized, homogenized, or produced with the use of synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers, industrial solvents or chemical food additives.
Many people who are interested in adopting a raw food diet start by gradually incorporating more raw produce in their daily intake, while cutting out heavily processed foods. Time and patience is required and any effort you make to increase the amount of raw food you consume is beneficial for your health.
At Endoca we believe our raw hemp oil products are a useful nutritional supplement for anyone maintaining a raw diet. We value the wisdom of nature and believe that offering hemp as close as possible to its original state is more beneficial for our health.