Sara Novak is a health and food policy writer who is devoted to living mindfully in all of her daily pursuits. She’s a health and wellness expert for Discovery Health and she writes a food policy and health column for TreeHugger.com. She recently launched her own food and wellness website, Serene Kitchen. Her work has also been featured on HowStuffWorks.com, TLC Cooking, and Animal Planet.”
To Be Raw or Not to Be Raw?
It’s been called both the path to optimal health and a recipe for undernourishment. The raw food diet is more of a way of life than a diet and its followers believe wholeheartedly in its benefits. A fundamental principle of a raw food diet is eating plant foods in their natural state. Most raw foodists are vegan, but a small minority eat raw eggs and unpasteurized cheeses. The diet also consists of seaweed, sprouts, sprouted seeds, whole grains, beans, dried fruits, and nuts, and restricts alcohol, caffeine, and refined sugars. The exact temperatures are somewhat disputed, but foods should never be cooked over a temperature of between 104 and 118 degrees. Most followers eat between 75 and 100 percent raw. Read more