Often, fashion trends cause a lot of controversy and questions, one of these trends is a raw food diet. First of all, such a principle of nutrition – philosophy of healthy food, this is a different way of thinking. Many people think that it is impossible to live without meat, and the perfect dinner – cooked pasta in 5 minutes. Of course, the usual diet is much simpler than a raw food diet, because not everyone wants to grow soybeans, because sometimes there is simply not enough time for this. In the article you can learn all about the benefits of a raw food diet and its disadvantages, as well as get acquainted with raw food recipes.

Basic principles of nutrition in a raw food diet

  1. Exclusively raw foods. The basic principle of the raw food diet – complete rejection of heat treatment of products. Our ancestors, who did not have the ability to make fire, consumed all products in their original form. Such food was better absorbed, and also provided the body with all the necessary vitamins and minerals. Today, people are so passionate about the search for new tastes that, at times, all that is possible to get from food – the same taste, but no benefit.
  2. Complete no meat. Raw food – one of the strictest forms of vegetarianism. So, not only the consumption of meat is excluded, but also all products of animal origin – milk, eggs, etc. Adherents of this type of nutrition are confident that plant foods contain absolutely all the necessary vitamins and minerals that the body needs. For example, spinach contains more protein than beef, and coconut milk is rich in amino acids that you won't find in meat.

An important rule for a raw food diet is the separate consumption of proteins, fats and carbohydrates, since different enzymes are required for their digestion. By the way, this should be taken into account by adherents of traditional food.

  1. No food pathogens. Since you have decided to switch to a raw food diet – Please also give up alcohol, coffee, salt and sugar. Such a radical step is due to the fact that these substances can have a rather strong effect on the body. But this does not mean that raw foodists eat tasteless food – sugar is perfectly replaced by sweet fruits (dates, bananas, figs), ground dry seaweed is used instead of salt, and ideal drinks for a raw food diet – herbal decoctions and infusions.

Drinking mode – a very important aspect of the raw food diet. Ideally, drink a glass of water one hour before a meal and a glass of water two hours after a meal.

Benefits of a Raw Food Diet: The Benefits of Eating Raw Food

The basis of the raw food diet is fresh vegetables and fruits, berries, nuts and seeds, cereals and legumes. Dried fruits and freshly squeezed juices and smoothies are also consumed. If you are not yet ready for such a serious step and giving up your usual food is not yet in your plans – try to organize a trial raw food diet during the holidays. Eating only raw foods, you will certainly feel all the benefits of a raw food diet to the fullest: lightness and vigor are guaranteed by removing toxins, improving bowel function and enriching the body with useful substances.

  1. Treatment and prevention of diseases. Raw plant foods – an excellent remedy for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, arthrosis and arthritis, as well as varicose veins and kidney problems. Also, the teeth and gums of raw foodists are always in perfect condition, as they consume solid food.
  2. Improved appearance. It is known that many imperfections in the skin are due to toxins in the body, so switching to a raw food diet can help solve this problem. As a bonus – bad breath disappears and sweating decreases.
  3. The general benefits of a raw food diet for the body. It is no wonder that raw fruits and vegetables are useful, as they contain more vitamins and minerals than after heat treatment. Thus, instead of taking various vitamin supplements to keep the body functioning normally, it is better to consume vegetables and fruits in their original form.

Of course, this way of eating is not suitable for everyone due to certain circumstances. Therefore, before deciding to take such a serious step, make sure that you do not have the following health problems:

Also, the idea of ​​a raw food diet should be abandoned to children, pregnant women and the elderly.

It should be taken into account that such nutrition has a powerful cleansing effect on the body and, like a brush, eliminates all that is superfluous. But such cleaning can also harm the mucous membranes of the stomach and intestines.

Raw food: recipes for tasty and healthy dishes

Recipe #1. Soup gazpacho

You will need:

  • 3 large tomatoes;
  • 2 small cucumbers;
  • 2 bell peppers (red);
  • 2-3 garlic cloves or ginger root (4-5 cm);
  • 2-3 tablespoons of olive or linseed oil;
  • dried seaweed, pepper to taste.


  1. Tomatoes cut into pieces, place in a blender. Add chopped garlic or ginger there.
  2. Chop the bell pepper, remove the seeds and stalks, add to the tomatoes. Peel the cucumbers, chop and also place in a blender. Add oil to vegetables and blend until smooth. Add dried seaweed, pepper, you can Tabasco pepper to taste.

Place the soup in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour.


Recipe #2. Cakes with banana cream

You will need:

  • 1 glass of almonds;
  • 1 glass of raisins;
  • 4 tablespoons of water;
  • 2 ripe bananas;
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon;
  • half of a ripe mango;
  • 1 kiwi;
  • 4 tablespoons grated coconut meat.


  1. Grind the almonds in a blender, separately grind the raisins with water until the consistency of puree. Mix ground almonds and raisins – it should be a sticky dough.
  2. Slightly grease silicone molds with vegetable oil and place in each dough. Grind bananas with cinnamon in a blender, put banana puree on the dough and place the cake blanks in the freezer for half an hour or an hour.
  3. Take the cakes out of the freezer, sprinkle with coconut, decorate with mango and kiwi.


When switching to a raw food diet, you may encounter many problems, because not all relatives and friends will be able to share your opinion about nutrition. Therefore, if you are really determined to become a raw foodist, get like-minded people – this will help you feel more comfortable at first.

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