10 Great Reasons to Eat Raw Food

by Susan on August 20, 2010


Sometimes, we just need to remind ourselves why. Why we need to exercise, why we need to work on our diet. Why we need to incorporate more healthy, raw foods into our diet. Here are a few of my favorites:

1. When you start incorporating more raw foods into your diet, you are automatically starting to eliminate the foods that are unhealthy. Chemicals, harmful fats, refined starches, refined sugar are just a few.

2. You can actually prevent and reverse disease by incorporating more raw foods into your diet.

3. Generally you will improve your health and well being. More energy, and a sense of well-being accompany healthy foods!

4. Weight loss is a naturally occurring benefit when you eliminate the super processed foods and replace them with more raw food.

5. It is better for the environment. Animal products contribute a very large percentage to our greenhouse gas emissions, not to mention the land and water usage and pollution.

6. Vitamins, minerals and photo-nutrients are more available from food in it’s raw state.

7. Cooking foods…especially at high temperatures forms substances that are harmful to your health (acrylamide, advanced glycoxidation, heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons).

8. Enzymes! Some types of enzymes that are available in plants are responsible for converting some phytochemicals in to extremely beneficial elements for your body. These enzymes are released when the plant is chopped, mashed, pureed or chewed. Cooking destroys these beneficial enzymes.

9. Cooking dramatically reduces food’s phytochemical content. Research also indicates that cooking reduces or destroys the ability of antioxidants in food to do their job.

10. Last but not least, for me, I just feel better. Much better. So much better.

I would love to hear your reasons for incorporating more raw foods in your diet!

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Elle (thewaybyelle.blogspot.com) August 20, 2010 at 1:06 pm

I’m glad you added this lists of WHYS. Just like I notice how much better my body feels when I eat raw foods, when I read about raw foods and reasons to go raw, it is much easier for me to avoid processed foods and animal products. Thanks for sharing!

Sekhmet August 20, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Thanks for the reminder, Susan. I love raw foods, from researching and reading up on it to preparing a dish and giving thanks for eating it! I find myself to be more clearer, in thinking, seeing, hearing, mucus free, and no allergic reactions. I always hear about people losing weight when eating raw. I’m just the opposite. I need to gain weight! I eat a lot of avocados, nuts, smoothies, and I’m still thin. My friends and family tell me I look so skinny and am I okay? I tell them I feel great! But now I’m thinking instead of being 100% raw, maybe I should be 80% raw and 20% cooked because I feel I need to gain more. I’m 5 feet 8-1/2″ tall and weigh 120 lbs. Used to be 140 at the max when I ate cooked. Any feedback?

Samantha August 20, 2010 at 2:37 pm

I have found that with so many food intolerances and allergies that raw foods actually make my stomach happy. I have learned to live with pain for years, and with these past few months of including (not 100% raw yet) raw food makes my digestion so much easier and I can enjoy life without my stomach hurting and feeling slugish. I’ve also noticed an improvment with my general allergies.

Thanks for sharing your list!!

Krista August 20, 2010 at 2:43 pm

I notice a huge difference in my mood when I incorporate more raw foods into my diet. When I start my day with freshly made green smoothie and drink that throughout the day, eat salad for lunch, snack on fresh fruit, I’m happier. A lot happier. As someone who has struggled with depression and anxiety it feels great to find a, relatively, simple way to deal with my symptoms. When I feel myself slipping into a funk I can usually look at and evaluate my diet and see the very real connection.

Susan August 20, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Wow, I honestly can’t answer that question for you…especially from one quick question in the comment section. I would consult with a health professional if you are concerned. I do not have the background to answer individual health questions. Wishing you the best!

Susan August 20, 2010 at 2:45 pm

krista…I can so relate to that. Amazing, no?

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan August 20, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Great list! And GORGEOUS pic of the blueberries!

Susie August 20, 2010 at 3:53 pm

I can’t believe how much better I feel eating raw. When I’m tired it’s so easy to just grab what’s available in the frig. This list will get posted on my frig as a great reminder! Thanks.

griffen August 20, 2010 at 4:58 pm

raw food is amazing for all of the reasons above.

i find that it increases my strength, focus, and overall sense of well-being.

bridget August 20, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Susie i totally agree! I LOVE being able to grab” whatever” & no that what i’m eating is really good for me!

J@WholeBodyLove August 20, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Love this! So true! MY energy is now incredible. The feeling is amazing.

jeannine August 21, 2010 at 9:30 am

I like to be real. Raw foods are real foods. I feel better eating more real foods.

Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty August 21, 2010 at 9:31 am

You end up sleeping less… but have more energy.
Very clear head… no fogginess!!

Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather August 21, 2010 at 10:44 am

Number 3 is my favorite! My energy levels increase so much more with fresh and healthy foods. Great list :)

Susan August 21, 2010 at 10:51 am

I can so relate to the energy comments! I am gearing up to go shoot a wedding after a late night restaurant shoot…I NEED my green drinks and raw food!!

Faith Lubitz August 21, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Great comments everyone- Sekhmet, I am also underweight right now. I’m not 100% raw though. Don’t have a lot of money to see naturopaths etc. But I will share that I have many dreams with guidance in them. One told me recently to get a colonic…and I haven’t done that yet. If your colon/GI system is gunked up, you don’t necessarily assimilate or absorb the food you’re eating…so that might be something to consider. Here’s another weird one…my 100% raw roommate Eric just told me he’s seen people posting on raw chat boards that they lost weight when they added in nuts etc. So maybe we should be cutting back on the nuts, fat etc. ? I’m still figuring it out…

El August 21, 2010 at 2:37 pm

I completely agree. Almost all of our meals have been raw this summer. With such incredible farm-fresh flavor there’s almost no point in cooking!

Carmen August 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm

I have realized that eating raw food gives you enrgy and avoids you from eating cookies or candies.For instasnce,I love eating almonds!!

Melissa Sutton-Navarro August 23, 2010 at 12:39 pm

i’ve always been lactose intolerant, but i noticed i started developing additional food sensitives. they were getting really bad until i decided to go vegan again and then they stopped for a bit and then started up again. i’ve also been subject to a myriad of other physical annoyances, but after deciding to go raw for sustainability and health reasons, i also noticed the intolerances i used to have and the small physical problems disappear. i try to stay as gluten free as i can as well (i am not 100% raw) and with my entire diet modification, i have never felt better!

Paul August 23, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Thank you for posting this. I can definitely agree and identify with every reason you posted. I have known the benefits of a raw-foods diet for a long time, but had been to lazy to incorporate it until about 2 months ago. My diet used to be horrible…fast food, processed, high-sodium and high-fat foods were normal. Then I switched it up. Granted, I’m not 100% raw yet (I still cheat on occasion, but even then, I still haven’t gone back to fast food), but I feel so much better. I don’t feel as depressed as I did, I have more energy, and I’ve lost 30 pounds. Yay for good food :)

Johnny August 23, 2010 at 1:27 pm

I eat healthy raw foods so i can live long enough to stand over everyone’s graves that snub their nose’s and make stupid uneducated remarks at us cause we wont join them at there local fast food restaurant while they stuff their fat face’s….all right that’s not why I do it but it’s just another bonus

Laurel August 23, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Raw veggies and fruits taste amazing… Cooked tastes yucky!

Mary Orme August 23, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Raw foods are ALKALINE-RICH, which keeps your body ALIVE!
Live foods = Live body
Dead foods = Dead body

genique lazzar August 23, 2010 at 3:08 pm

I love eating raw food! Iam vegetarian. Eating raw foods ( vegetable, & fruit) are the best way to consume. It takes no time to prepar and serve, and the most important are that beneficiai to our health. It helps me focus and help me to make right desicion.

Nancy D August 23, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Nothing better than standing in your garden and consuming off the vine immediately! I just feel more alive eating something still alive! I am new to raw, and have a long way to go, but I have lost 37 lbs this year and I owe it to my incredibly healthy diet changes…working on changing my whole family!

Maggie(livingfoodjunkie) August 24, 2010 at 10:54 am

I always immediatly notice how my body and mind feels lethargic when I stray off the raw path. I agree with the other folks that have commented. Energy levels, feeling good, weight loss, clearer skin, softer hair….I think the biggest thing for me is my “inner mean girl” tends to dissapear. I feel happy about who I am, comfortable in my body and more compassionate to everything around me :)

David [Green Kitchen Stories} August 25, 2010 at 6:51 pm

We are incorporating more and more raw food in our daily life. You can really feel immediately how good it is for your body. Thanks for all the inspiration!

Welovesuperfoods.com September 8, 2010 at 2:22 pm

This blog is awesome. beautiful, great community, rawmazing recipes! We love raw foods because we can experience greater inspiration, lightness of being, and eat super yummy food and have it be good for us!! :0

Carla September 15, 2010 at 8:21 pm

I love raw foods. My body has become so sensitive to the wrong foods that alone keeps me eating raw. I recently learned to limit my fats substantially as I was drawn to them initially to make up for not eating enough volume but with that change I am doing so much better. I wish I could impress upon every one I know how great it is to change to eating mostly raw. Thank you for your wonderful blog!

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