Food Culture: Dieting - The Raw Food Diet

Considered one of the more extreme diets, the raw food diet is often taken up by vegans or vegatarians who believe consuming food should be its most natural and unchanged form. The Raw Foodist as they are often called, is somebody who follows the raw food diet - believes that the higher the proportion of raw foods in our diet, the healthier we will be. The thrust of the diet itself is the consumption of unprocessed, whole plant-based, ideally organic foods. A minimum of three-quarters of the person's diet should consist of uncooked food.

Within the celebrity world, this diet also temporarily became a ‘sexy’ and proactvie diet to be seen undertaking. Meat was becoming the non-cool to eat and it was all about your fresh fruit and veg.

According to raw foodists, if you consume mainly uncooked foods you will achieve significant desirable weight loss. They also believe that a raw food diet enhances your body's ability to prevent and fight diseases, especially chronic disease

What foods are included in the diet?

  • Beans
  • Dried fruits
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Freshly made fruit and vegetable juices
  • Grains
  • Legumes
  • Milk from a young coconut
  • Nuts
  • Seaweeds
  • Seeds
  • Sun-dried fruits

The following health benefits are highlighted by followers of a raw food diet:

  • You will have more energy
  • Your skin will have a much better appearance
  • Your digestion will improve
  • You will lose weight
  • Your risk of developing heart and cardiovascular diseases will significantly drop

The verdict on whether raw food diets are healthy is mixed. UK dieticians have argued that a raw food diet is either a path to perfect health or to serious under-nourishment and have named this one of the five worst celebrity fad diets. While there are issues around nutrition one of the other main problems with this diet is that you will be spending an incredible amount of time in the kitchen preparing everything, as the diet is highly specialized.