By Hollie Spooner
Veganism has gained popularity as the world grows. More and more people in today’s society are opting for a diet that is free of meat and other animal products such as honey, animal fat, milk and eggs.
Vegans are classified on the basis of their consumption patterns that concern animal and plant foods. For example, Lacto-ovo vegans have a vegetarian diet that includes eggs and dairy products. The ovo-vegans include only eggs in their vegetable diet, while the raw diet vegans opt for an uncooked plant diet. Raw diet vegans enjoy an assortment of vegetables, fruits, legumes, sprouted grains, nut, seeds and other healthy plant foods.
If you are a lover of meat you are certainly wondering why anyone would want to miss its deliciousness. The reasons are varied. For some, it is the ethical-religious choice to spare and care for animals while for others it is the commitment to environmental conservation. Considerable numbers of people also opt for vegan diets motivated by the health benefits that come with this choice.
Health Benefits of Raw Vegan Diet
The overall benefit associated with a raw vegan diet is in the fact that uncooked foods deliver most of their nutritional value and accomplish health benefits that may not be promoted by cooked foods. Specific benefits include those discussed below.
1. Improved digestion
Uncooked foods are high in soluble and insoluble fibers. While the previous sustain the good bacteria in your gut, the latter aids bowel movement and avoids indigestion. High fiber diets are also known to alleviate symptoms of stomach ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) among other conditions.
2. Reduce the risk of diabetes
Vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, seeds, and sprouted grains have low levels of sugar and unhealthy fat but are rich in fiber. This explains why they are associated with lower risks of type 2 diabetes.
3. Improved heart health
Raw nuts and vegetables keep cholesterol levels under control and promote healthy blood pressure, both of which ensure a healthy heart.
4. Weight loss
Unhealthy weight is linked to consuming unhealthy fats and sugars that often come with food processing and cooking. Consuming calorie-rich foods also sustains weight. Raw vegetables and fruits are naturally low on calories. Besides, they also contain antioxidant properties that control the accumulation of body fat.
5. Lower risk of cancer
Even though not scientifically endorsed, raw vegan diets are thought to control the risk of cancer because of its high fiber content. Additionally, unlike animal foods that tend to contain lots of saturated fats, plant foods generally contain unsaturated fats. Saturated fats are associated with greater cancer risks.
6. A generally healthier you
The choice of a raw vegan diet makes you more conscious about the choices of what you eat. For example, eating raw food makes you opt for foods that are grown organically.
Further, the health-conscious choice for a raw vegan diet makes you stay away from processed foods. Most importantly, however, raw vegan diets sustain the acid-alkaline balance in your body which is essential for health and well-being.
In conclusion, it is important to be aware that there are certain foods that are better eaten cooked while others will give us maximum nutrition value when eaten raw. Vegetables and fruits are generally known to retain their nutrition value when eaten raw. This is why they are associated with numerous health benefits.