In this blog, I have put strong emphasis on the consumption not simple of vegan foods, but, with small exceptions–of a raw vegan diet. Of course, this has its exceptions, be it for diversity or nutritional advantage (i.e., better absorption of micronutrients in steamed or boiled carrots and asparagus). So why the insistence on eating raw? Isn’t this restrictive and is it a fad?
Well. Let me start wit the first of the aforementioned concerns: eating raw is restrictive. But is it? The primary arguments to advance this view are most commonly related to cravings or satiety. And since the average diet consists at least somewhat of cooked or processed foods, be it vegan or not, our taste and notion of food has long been associated with this sort of modifying food ingredients. What we forget, however, is that processing, weather through exposure to heat, chemicals, what have you, alters the texture, flavor, or color of foods by altering their structure. Of course, this does not happen without alteration and frequent loss of nutrients, changes in digestability (hence nutritious value), among others. Wat this means is that, in 9 out of 10 cases, you lose nutrients by processing foods. And although feeding your body cooked meals will leave you feeling full, it will also frequently leave you feeling malnourished–you will be lacking some of the necessary nutrients that you did not consume with modified foods. This, among other factors, gives birth to cravings. Craving particular flavors or foods can be indicative of the underlying causes of cravings (and there are plenty). One way to avoid perpetuating the cycle of introducing impoverished nutrition sources only to create cravings which are in turn temporarily satisfied (but in the long term–exacerbated) by similarly inadequate foods is to consume intact, raw, unaltered, and diverse ingredients.
Of course, this might just be a whim of mine, a preference. Or not? See this comprehensive review and summary of multiple studies (check out the list of references, too!)of the advantages of eating raw (and vegan ;)).
Food for thought!
Have I convinced you? After reading this wonderful article, mix 2 cups of spinach with 2 cups of mixed berries, add one fresh cucumber, a tiny bit of almond milk, and enjoy a soury, very refreshing end of the day drink :).