RAW Q & A

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A: The World Health Organization and USDA say we need an average of between 5-6.5% of our daily caloric intake in the form of protein to be healthy. Fruits, vegetables, sprouted seeds, grains and beans all contain protein, some as much as 50%. So consuming a variety of these foods supplies more than enough quality, easily-digested protein. Other studies have shown that cooking animal protein renders about 1/2 of the protein unusable for absorbtion and digestion, so in essence raw plant protien is a far superior option.

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A: A raw food is any Nut, Fruit, Vegetable, Seed, Sprout, Sea Vegetable or Healthy Oil which has not been heated or cooked above 118F. The act of heating food at temperatures above 118F destroys enzymes needed for proper absorption and digestion. Therefore all cooked food is depleted of these important digestive aids and of most of the nutrient value. Living foods are sprouted seeds, grains, and nuts which contain a much higher enzyme content than when in their dormant stage.

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A: It’s good to look for organic and locally grown produce whenever possible. All “conventional” produce is grown with toxic and carcenogenic herbicides, pesticides, chemicals, synthetic fertilizers, and some are genetically modified (GMO). Unfortunately our govirnment doesn’t require GMO produce to be labeled as such. These toxins are harmful to our soil, and water supplies, wildlife, the farmers themselves but also to those who ingest them. Organic produce is grown without the use of these toxic and harmful substances and have a higher nutrient value, ripen better, taste better and are better for the environment. As more and more consumers demand and buy organic the prices drop, freshness and availability increase and people, planet and wildlife are all safer. You do not need to be all organic in order to be raw, but in our opinion…the less chemicals we consume the better for everyone.

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A: Increased energy, improved skin appearance, better digestion, weight loss, reduced risk of heart disease, better moods, etc. The raw diet contains fewer trans fats and saturated fats than the typical Standard American Diet (SAD) and has lower sodium while being naturally high in potassium, magnesium, folate, fiber, phytochemicals and antioxidants.

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A: Raw foods are of better quality and taste than cooked foods, therefore you need less food to feel satisfied. Also, many of the raw foods have a high fiber and water content, and the raw diet is not a low fat diet…so each of these factors contribute to a full and satisfied feeling.

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A: Natural produce comes with it’s own recyclable packaging. There is very little electricity and natural resources needed to grow organic produce or to compost it. When discarded it actually improves the quality of the soil adding nutrients. Consider the impact of only one family going raw verses buying bags and bags of boxed and canned convenience food items per year. Each of those packages takes up valuable resources and energy and provides very little in return. Each package ends up in a landfill with plastic which is not biodegradable, items printed with petroleum based inks which leach into the soil and into our water supply. The average household has 2.62 people and generates 1,764 lbs of household trash per year or 34 lbs of garbage per week. We as a household now generate only one trashbag per week not including recycled plastics & glass. Now imagine the difference if all 300 million Americans decided to consume raw food. The result would be less factory waste and more organic green produce providing clean air.

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A: First off, you don’t have to do anything. However, there is an excellent book called the China Study you may want to read regarding animal protein and its link to common diseases. If you still aren’t convinced, then we would say do the next best thing. Shop for organic meats, and dairy products which aren’t subjected to injections of growth hormones, steroids, and antibiotics. For poultry look for free range organic products. For a delicious milk substitute try almond or hemp milk. And try to add a few meatless meals throughout the week gradually tapering down your overall consumption.

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A: There are many different books and programs out there, and it can be a little confusing for sure. While we suggest a gradual step by step approach, we can also highly recommend the Living on Live Food book. It has such great information and tons of recipes and outlines a 100% raw tehnique. You can also find information and suggestions on our FREE 123RAW chat site & forum. If you want to get started today we suggest adding a green smoothie in the morning, and at least one salad daily, eliminate artificial sweetners, and cut back on all wheat products, meat, dairy and anything that comes in a box, can or is deep fried. Check out our “Taste It” recipe section. As you add more healthy foods your tastes will begin to change and you should start noticing a difference. Think long term health as opposed to thin in 30 days. The raw lifestyle is not a diet, but a great way of life.

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