There are seasons when fruits and vegetables are plentiful, organic, cheap and tasty. Both harmattan and fall has its favorable effect on plants and crops so it would be easy to indulge yourself in consuming lots of raw foods such as, fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts.
Many people have understood the amazing benefits of eating raw foods, not just to lose weight, but simply to improve overall health. Whether you stick to a semi-raw or raw food diet, you reap all its health benefits while enjoying delicious food. Though I don’t promote 100% raw food diet, I do promote semi-raw food diet that will give your body all nutrients it needs in terms of nutrition and energy. Here’s why you should start eating raw foods today:
1. Reduce your risk of cancer
You can significantly reduce your risk of cancer by incorporating more raw foods into your daily eating plan. Raw foods are higher in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and lower in toxins than cooked foods. Cooking foods can produce toxic carcinogens that can lead to different types of cancer and many other diseases.
2. Raw foods contain natural enzymes
Raw foods are an excellent source of different enzymes that promote better digestion, healthy cholesterol levels and prevent constipation. Moreover, eating raw foods regularly helps speed up your metabolism, thus help you lose weight. Enzymes can also reduce inflammation in your body.
3. Fight sugar cravings
If your cravings get out of control and you can’t curb your sweet tooth, eating raw foods will help you to solve this problem. Fruits are a natural source of sugar and many other nutrients that give your body energy. When eaten with seeds and nuts, raw fruits make perfectly healthy snacks. There are certain vegetables that can also help you combat your sugar cravings, such as bell peppers, tomatoes and carrots. They are fortified with powerful antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and low in calories. When cooked, fruits and vegetables are low in nutrients, so you think you eat healthy when in fact you don’t.
4. Raw foods are low in fat and calories
Fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat, sugar and calories – some contain none of them. Whether you watch your calorie intake, want to stay healthy, prevent nutrient deficiencies, or need a quick energy boost, munch on a piece of fruit or enjoy a fresh salad (don’t use any salad dressings, though) each day. When it comes to nuts and seeds, make sure you eat them in moderation.
5. They are eco-friendly
Want to protect the environment? Start eating more raw foods each day. The thing is, raw foods provide very low CO2 emissions and you don’t waste electricity to cook them, except when you make juices or smoothies. Raw foods don’t need to be packaged or canned, which means there’s less garbage that usually pollute the environment.
6. They are cheap
Raw foods are usually expensive during the winter season, but it’s much cheaper during the summer and fall seasons. Spending less money on foods means saving some cash for more important things you want to buy. Fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts are cheaper than processed foods, meat, diary and fast food.
7. They are versatile
Raw foods are super versatile and you don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen to make something delicious and unique. You can make fresh salads, juices, smoothies or eat your favorite fruit and vegetables as part of your meal or snack. With a wide variety of fruit and veggies, you will never get bored eating raw foods.
8. They are tasty
Think about it, all raw foods are tasty – though you might not agree – Nuts, bananas, oranges, apples, grapes, carrots, mangoes, pineapples, avocado, bell peppers and many other fruits and vegetables are incredibly delicious and you don’t need to add any salt and sugar to improve their taste. You can have a new salad, smoothie, juice and dessert each day without spending your whole paycheck on foods that do more harm than good.
Eating raw is always beneficial and affordable. Choose a semi-raw food diet and your health and wallet with thank you down the road. Raw foods contain almost all nutrients your body needs and they are high in water that you need to stay healthy and energized.