The raw vegan diet is getting the most interest of all the raw diets available now. The great majority of people who start a raw vegan diet have not previously been vegan, so obviously require information about it before they start, but it can be tough to follow in its pure form.
The Vegan Diet
A standard vegan diet includes no animal products at all. Many people who start a raw vegan diet find it hard to work out exactly what this means. You’ll have to get used to no dairy, eggs, fish or protein. Vegans will also not consume food that uses animal products or perhaps ‘animal labor ‘ in the processing. For instance bees ‘manufacture’ honey and wine is filtered through fish scales (unless it says otherwise).
Also, some vegans will not buy or use leather goods or silk, among other things. But most vegans eat sugar and other refined foods which can put on fat. There’s a danger they can suffer nutritional deficiencies too – like others who eats lots of sugary sweets and food.
The Raw Vegan Diet
The most vital difference between vegan and raw vegan is that the raw vegan diet does not include any food that has been heated above 48 degrees C (118 degrees F) the limit at which the living components of a plant cease to live so this limits many foods or ingredients that would otherwise be used.
For example, if you buy raw sunflower seeds and soak them in water, you can make them sprout in one or two days, because they still have a living germ. If you purchase roasted sunflower seeds, they don’t have any living part and will never sprout. And that’s why we refer to raw food as ‘living food’.
These living foods have many beneficial health properties which we are only now beginning to understand. Naturally, this hasn’t been scientifically demonstrated, but as this was how millions of humans lived for millions of years, common-sense suggests there’s benefits to be had with this way of eating. Actually some believe that the body responds to cooked food as if it were poison. Nevertheless implementing a diet that is 100% raw also means not taking vitamin and mineral supplements, which may be keeping many vegans healthy. For example B12 is a necessary vitamin that is only found in animal products.
The raw option omits the majority of the unhealthy facets of a standard vegan diet, e.g., sugar. Going raw also gets rid of other vegan staples such as tofu and other soy-based products, bottled sauces, and cooked beans. In fact, cooked beans will probably have been a staple food for some people. However, some beans sprouts can be included in the diet too.
What are the Alternatives to The Raw Vegan Diet?
If after reading this you decide the raw vegan diet is not for you, there are differentiations which will still give you a lot of the potential health advantages of a raw vegan diet.
You can go 100% raw without going vegan. You could follow a raw animal product free diet that might include unpasteurized dairy foods and perhaps raw eggs. Including dairy will take care of plenty of the worries that people have about lack of calcium on a raw vegan diet. You need to be aware that there are a few health risks in consuming unpasteurized dairy.
Alternatively, you may be vegan without being 100% raw. This is an option that means you can follow a high raw diet while still using some cooked and/or processed foods such as tofu or vitamin and mineral supplements. Most people should think about this if only because they need vitamin B12, if they are going to follow a raw vegan diet for any length of time.
The biggest issue with any of these options is how to sustain them over time without getting bored.
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