Palmcrantz & Lilja (2010) authors of Raw Food: A complete guide for every meal of the day stated the raw food diet or the living food diet is more than a diet but a way of life. The definition of raw food is food made from fruits, berries, vegetables, seeds, nuts dried fruits, algae, sprouts, legumes, honey, cold pressed oil and spices (Palmcrantz & Lilja, 2010).
Palmcrantz & Lilja (2010) state to consume the maximum amount of nutrients from food it should not be exposed to heat, over 104-115 degrees. I can agree with the the benefits of eating raw food, that include weight loss increased energy healthier skin and better digestion.
In fact, I try to maintain a raw food diet and find it was much easier for me during the summer months when more fruits and vegetables are available for consumption. I have to admit that sometimes I want hot food and will treat myself. Consuming a raw food diet had decreased both my cholesterol and protein levels. The drop in cholesterol was positive but my protein level became extremely low. So much so, that my hairstylist could tell the difference in my hair texture, it became very soft and thin. I had a wellness panel drawn and discovered the deficit.
As a result, I added butter, cheese, and meat, of course, I experienced some weight gain and my cholesterol and protein increased. Overall the raw food diet is a great way to stay healthy but is not for everyone, I probably should have increased my food variety to meet all my nutrient needs and will do so in the future. Happy eating and stay well!
Just keeping you informed!