Raw Food: Pros and Cons

Raw Food: Pros and Cons

Raw Food: Pros and Cons
Raw Food: Pros and Cons
One of the most significant evolutionary steps of mankind is the appearance of a primitive man's fire, which until then was considered a huge mystery and the property of the gods. When a man learned to control fire, he was able to protect himself from the cold and from wild animals and learned to cook food on fire.


Further there were other advantages, however, heating, protection, and food remained the main ones. Until now, many grandmothers, worried about the health of precious and beloved grandchildren, strictly order not to eat raw, not to "miss" the unprepared and do not understand the degree of roasting meat "with blood," although fashionable culinary TV programs repeatedly mention this. Indeed, what kind of food is this? The potato should crumble, the crucian carpets must crunch, and the apple is very good bake with cottage cheese and buckwheat honey - and tasty, and useful, and mildly ...

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So the raw food of ecstasy from grandmothers does not cause, and not even the slightest delights and no grandmothers! And then there are gastroenterologists pour oil on the fire, unanimously asserting that for the gastrointestinal tract the food after heat treatment is much safer and more useful ...

However, the traditions of raw food are still there today, and if some phenomenon exists, then there is interest - what is it, why is it necessary at all, and whether it is necessary for a particular person ...

What is a raw diet?

What is raw food, it becomes clear from the name - raw food. But how is this more specific? What kind of food is considered raw?

When raw food from the menu is completely excluded from any food that was subjected to at least some heat treatment, except, perhaps, drying in the fresh air and under the sun. Neither cook, nor fry, nor bake, nor cook for a couple with raw food can not. The same applies to smoking, and any other methods of cooking, if it uses fire.

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When raw food is allowed, the use of dried fruits, which are dried in the sun, but in no case in the oven or in the oven, and the use of vegetable oils of cold pressing. As for cereals, it should be noted that the raw cereal itself is quite sad, but with raw food, it is entirely permissible for the germinated grains of any cereals, be it buckwheat, oats, wheat or whatever. Grain should be soaked in water for about a day, and then left in a moist environment to make sprouts.

By the way, about the use of salt and any other seasonings, then opinions diverge, and not all raw food experts allow themselves to salt foods that they consume.

The overwhelming majority of those who support raw food supply believe that the main food for a person should be fruits, which in the raw food menu should be from half to three-quarters of the entire daily diet (depending on the direction in raw food).

Such, frankly speaking, a considerable amount of fruits and vegetables (and in the case of fruitarianism and generally some fruits), the adherents of this method of nutrition explain that fruits are the most natural food for a person and that this kind of food is most optimal for any person, remain completely natural and completely retain the inherent nutritional value of nature.

Interesting! The American scientist, Gerard Carrington, promoted nutrition only with raw vegetables and fruits as early as the beginning of the 20th century.

Justifying the correctness of raw food, the adherents, and admirers of this way of eating say that in the wild nature a person could not eat any other food, except raw fruits, but there could not be any talk about boiled, fried, baked or cooked in any other way. You can hear (or read) that raw food is the most natural, from a biological point of view, food option, so this is the most useful option.

It is important to consider! Since the time when the primitive man was fed exclusively by raw food and most fruits, many hundreds of thousands of years have passed, and since then many human eating habits and food traditions have changed many times.

Why is there a raw diet in modern society?

It is known that with the development of production, with the development of technology, with the growth of large cities and with a decrease in the share of agriculture, and also due to the need for long-term storage of food products, more and more food products began to undergo very serious processing.

Some products began to be processed by canning, other products were quickly frozen, refined products appeared, as well as products processed in various other ways.

Thus, the requirements of the so-called industrial nutrition must be met, when it is necessary to provide food for a huge number of people who have nothing to do with agriculture, that is, neither the cultivation of grain, fruit, vegetables, nor the cultivation of meat and dairy products, nor to others industries that provide fresh food.

Undoubtedly, the need for transportation and the need to store products have a huge impact on industrial food. In order to ensure that food can be stored for a long time and transported for often thousands of kilometers, these products must be processed in a variety of ways, which can reduce the number of useful substances, including vitally important substances, that provide the body with the necessary energy and vitamins , and micro- and macro elements.

In addition, the need for special technological processes leads to the fact that after the necessary for long-term storage of food processing products, products that are unusual for them and substances that are not entirely friendly to the human body fall into the products.

As a result, a person gets a very significant disbalance in their diet, a lack of (sometimes critical) vitamins, minerals and other substances necessary to preserve health, but the share of high-calorie food that provides the body with so-called fast carbohydrates and an excess of fat is significantly increased in the structure of nutrition.

t is such an extremely unbalanced diet that becomes one of the main causes of many serious diseases, including diseases of the cardiovascular system, and diseases of the musculoskeletal system, endocrine problems, and oncological diseases.

The significant growth of very dangerous diseases and their comprehensive study made it possible to conclude that it was largely the fault of the wrong diet, so in the second half of the 20th century, the exercise on healthy nutrition began to develop and various schools of healthy nutrition appeared, one of which was the theory of raw food.

Types of raw food

However much the nutritionists adhere to this dietary style, there is no scientific information and the results of authoritative research that would convincingly prove that raw food as the only way of eating is suitable for any modern person.

It is quite clear that energy and any needs in different periods of human life are completely different, even if we take into account at least the main stages: pregnancy and fetal bearing, breastfeeding (lactation period), the period of active growth, old age.

It is important to consider! Even if we take into account all the arguments of the followers of raw food, we must pay attention to the fact that the life expectancy of primitive man was incommensurably smaller, and the way of life was completely different.

What is the raw diet?

If different people say "raw food", then this does not mean that they mean the same thing, because there are quite a few varieties of raw food.

It should be noted that traditional raw food is very close to the vegan food system.

However, to say that the traditional raw-food diet is one current, it would be wrong, since all varieties of traditional raw-food are combined with only one feature - the lack of heat treatment of any food.

There are several types of raw food that are different from each other.
  • Immediately it is necessary to note omnivorous raw food, in which you can eat any food, if only it was really raw. That is, with omnivorous raw food, you can eat raw or dried fish, seafood, meat; milk is allowed (not always) and eggs; any products of plant origin if they are not subjected to heat treatment.
  • Another popular type of raw food is vegetarian raw food, in which all meat and any fish are completely and completely excluded from the diet, but it is permissible to eat raw eggs and/or milk and dairy products that can be obtained without any use of heat treatment. Naturally, raw products of vegetable origin are allowed for consumption.
  • Vegan raw-food diet is quite tough, which allows only raw vegetable food, completely sweeping aside and categorically excluding any food of animal origin. It is this type of raw food that is considered the most popular and widespread.
  • The least popular is the so-called carnivorous raw food diet, which is sometimes called a raw meal or even a raw food of the Paleolithic era. As the name implies, carnivorous raw food is allowed to eat raw meat, fish, seafood, eggs, but the amount of fruits and vegetables in this food system is minimized. Any cereal, all beans, milk and vegetable oil, even cold pressed, with this kind of raw food are completely excluded.
  • Alternatively, raw food diet is known fruitarianism in which the food consumed only fresh berries and fruits. Vegetables in this system of raw food are not included, because potatoes, carrots, beets, cabbage, and any cereals are not fruits, but root crops or cereals.


Interesting! Scientists claim that when, after people learned to use fire and their food became much easier to digest, the volume of the gastrointestinal tract decreased significantly.

Ration planning for raw food

Adherents of raw foodstuffs choose not only a certain kind of raw food for themselves but also a way of planning the ration.

  • First, we can talk about mixed raw food, when all products are studied in terms of their carbohydrates, proteins and fats, as well as vitamins and micro- and macro elements. Based on the results obtained, we can conclude how to build the menu, so that the products have similar characteristics. For example, vegetables should be eaten only with vegetables, fruits can be eaten with fruits or with nuts, animal proteins can only be mixed together, dairy products can only be consumed with dairy products.
  • Secondly, the so-called monotrophic raw food diet is known, which is sometimes referred to as cheese-eating and is referred to as the CME abbreviation. When monotrophic raw food is taken, it is considered that only one food is selected for one meal and only of vegetable origin. Naturally, there is no talk of any thermal processing of speech.

The intervals between meals can be any - from half an hour to several hours. With monotrophic nutrition, it is very important that food is not mixed during meals, and if it is decided to eat nuts or, say, plums, that is, only them.

You can change one product to another only during the next meal, but you can eat only one food a day, a week, a month or even longer (at least, such precedents are known).

Contraindications for raw food

It is understandable that even if it is decided to switch to raw diet, first we need to find out whether there are contraindications for this.

  • First, raw food is contraindicated for those who do not yet have children but are going to start them. 

The fact is that in order for ovules in the female body and sperm in the male body to be full, not only vitamins that are in the raw food of plant origin, but also proteins and fats of animal origin are needed. When you switch to raw diet, the intake of the necessary substances into the body is significantly complicated or even impossible.

  • Secondly , raw food is categorically contraindicated during pregnancy and during breastfeeding of a newborn baby, since both for the formation of the fetus and for the full growth of the baby during breastfeeding, substances that can not be obtained from those products that are on the list of allowed for any of the types of raw food.
  • Thirdly, raw food is not suitable as the main food for children and adolescents until their bodies are fully formed, because, during growth and formation of all the systems and organs of the body, adequate nutrition is necessary, in which fats, proteins, and carbohydrates should be provided, as well as some micro- and macro elements that can only be obtained from their products of animal origin. 

Numerous studies have shown that full-fledged growth and development of the child can be ensured only by full-fledged nutrition, otherwise, the development and growth of the child will be delayed.

  • Fourthly, raw food is not highly recommended (any of its varieties) for the elderly, since metabolism ( metabolism ) slows down with age. 

And with altered metabolism, there is a high probability that the body of an elderly person will not be able to use all the beneficial substances from raw foods.

  • Fifthly, the raw diet is not recommended for very many diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, which require gentle nutrition, since an unhealthy gastrointestinal tract cannot properly process raw food.

How to switch to the raw diet?

Since the body of modern man to raw food is not used, a sharp and unexpected transition to raw food can be perceived quite negatively.

To make this transition painless and did not cause any harm to the body, one should adhere to certain rules and follow certain recommendations.

  • Firstly, it should be realized that raw food diet completely changes the way of life, therefore it is necessary to study all possible shortcomings and advantages of this style of nutrition. 

Attention! Before deciding to switch to raw diet, it is necessary to consult with the attending physician and only after an exhaustive consultation makes a final decision.
  • Secondly, for a correct and painless for the body, a complete transition to raw food requires a fairly long time - at least a year. This time is required for the body to be able to completely switch to a new way of providing energy, which is necessary for life.
  • Thirdly, at the beginning of the transition to the raw diet in the diet must remain for a while porridge and warm drinks.
  • Fourth, when switching to raw food, the need for drinking water should be taken into account. The amount of drinking water in the diet with raw food should be at least two liters.
  • Fifthly, when switching to raw food, one should take into account the fact that the amount of fiber will increase in the diet. It is better to increase this amount gradually so that the intestinal microflora and the entire gastrointestinal tract have time to adapt.
  • Sixth, the transition to raw food is best in the beginning and in the middle of summer, when fresh berries and fruits of a new crop appear. It is during this period that the transition to the raw diet will be the least problematic. It should be remembered that when switching to raw food, winter is considered a very difficult period; and even if the person went to raw food diet in the summer, the first winter will still be difficult.
  • Seventh, when switching to raw food, it is necessary to understand that the body must be provided with vital fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, so it is very important to ensure that the diet is balanced.

Attention! The diet regime for raw food is very individual and can include two to six meals.

It is very important to remember that when switching to raw food, thermal treatment of products is allowed at a temperature not exceeding +43 С.

The main rules of raw food


  • The first rule. The first and most important rule for raw food is to never mix foods containing fat and products containing sugar because such a combination can provoke a fermentation process in the stomach. 

Therefore, you should take this into account and never combine, for example, nuts and dates, avocados and dried fruits, fruits and coconut. Exceptions can only be cases where fatty foods (avocados, nuts) combine acidic fruits (lemon, orange) - the acid helps the fat to be digested.

  • The second rule. In raw food, in no case can you combine products that contain acid, and products that contain starch, because the acid strongly inhibits the process of splitting starch, which begins in the mouth. 

Sometimes, in cases of a combination of acidic and starchy foods, there may even be a feeling of pain. An example of such an impermissible combination can be bananas and oranges because bananas contain starch, and in oranges there is acid.
  • The third rule. It is impossible to consume different fats or fatty foods in one meal because when digesting various fats in the gastrointestinal tract, the digestion process proceeds much more slowly. That's why any nuts should not combine in one meal with avocados, with coconut or with vegetable oil of cold pressing.
  • The fourth rule. Any greens are suitable for combination with any other products. That is, dill, parsley, coriander can be eaten during any meal - undesirable combinations of products, in this case, does not happen.
  • The fifth rule. When choosing fruits and berries, you should take into account that acidic berries and fruits should be combined only with acidic ones, and sweet berries and fruits can be consumed only simultaneously with sweet fruits.
  • The sixth rule. If food intake involves the consumption of vegetables, it should be remembered that vegetables can only be combined with vegetables.
  • Seventh rule. Any sprouted grains or legumes should be eaten separately from all other foods. Sprouted grains or legumes are not combined with any other product.
  • Eighth rule. If dry nuts can be eaten with some foods, then the so-called lively nuts, that is, nuts that have been soaked in water for several hours should be eaten separately from the rest of the food.

Feedback and conclusions

Speaking about raw food, it should be said that such a food system is very different from any modern traditions, and this is not surprising since in the history of mankind raw food has ended with the appearance of fire.

Today's return to raw food - what is it? Back to the roots? But during this time even the gastrointestinal tract has changed. Looking for health? But is it possible to consider completely healthy foods that are grown on modern fields, densely strewn with pesticides and watered with acid rains? Besides, does anyone know what life was like in those distant times, when the food was just raw? Maybe someone thinks that distant pre-historic prehistoric ancestors thought about the compatibility of products?.

Certainly, the prospects for recovery are very attractive, but does everyone pay attention to contraindications and the need for medical advice?

In a word, a lot is said about raw food today, but there is no conclusive evidence either about the benefits or about the harm of this eating style or this lifestyle. It seems that at the present stage everyone who thinks about raw food not as a diet for a month or two, but as a way of life, must make his own choice.

At the same time, it would not hurt to remember about some warnings, certain contra-indications and questions that do not yet have clear answers.
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