Started in Switzerland by Maximilian Bircher-Benner (1867 – 1939), a raw food diet consists of whole, fresh, living, unrefined, plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, consumed without any cooking or steaming.
Consumed in its natural state, food is easier to digest by the body, as is the absorption of key nutrients, often lost in the cooking process. If you heat food above 104–118 °F (40–48 °C) it starts to degrade and destroy the enzymes found in raw food that aid digestion.
Research also suggest that raw foods have more nutrient and antioxidants values than cooked foods.
Anecdotal reports suggest that introducing raw food into your diet can provide more dietary fiber, improve digestion, lower inflammation, help liver function, improve heart health, and increase energy.
It’s assumed you have to be vegan to eat raw food, but it is also possible to incorporate raw fish, eggs, and even some raw dairy products and meat. But whatever raw foods you eat, be sure that they haven’t been pasteurized, homogenized, or produced with the use of synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers or chemical food additives.
Many people interested in starting a raw food diet do so by gradually incorporating more raw produce while getting rid of processed foods. Time and patience is a must as any effort you may make to bring more raw food into your diet will be met with positive effects for your health.
At Endoca we think our raw hemp oil products are a vital nutritional supplement to add to a raw food diet. We value the wisdom of nature and are committed to offering our customers raw hemp as close to its original state as possible.