What Most People Think About a Raw Food Diet


by Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN
Author, Eating for Energy

There are a lot of misconceptions about the raw foods diet. It sounds like such a radical departure from the average person’s intake of food, that people make some crazy assumptions about what it means to eat raw. Here are some of the reactions you’re likely to come across, and some information to counter that well-intentioned ignorance with.

“Nothing but raw foods? That must cost you a fortune!”

This is probably the reaction you’re going to hear the most. There is this conception in our culture that you can eat for very little money, as long as your diet consists of nothing but foods with the words “nuggets” or “super sized” in them somewhere. And for the average sort who wants something a little healthier, you can throw a few of those expensive veggies on the side of the plate. But nothing but veggies must be expensive.

Ahh, but the raw foods diet is more than the sum of its parsley. Veggies and fruits alone do not a raw meal make and while fresh foods to tend to cost a little more than the canned and pre-cooked alternatives, it will actually be lower if you go with bulk produce, or about the same if you prefer higher end fresh food items. Oh, and don’t forget to take into account the extra energy costs of running an oven!

“How do you ever find the time to do all of that prep work?”

Another common and frightening thought for most people. We are all so busy in our daily lives, that the idea of spending even one extra moment of our precious free time in the kitchen is abhorrent.

But when you stop to really think about it, how would a raw diet possibly mean more work in the kitchen? If you’re not cooking anything, you have just dropped a very large step out of the preparation time of every single meal. The occasional blending and dehydration times will never compare to the cooking time on the stovetop or in the oven.

“That’s fine for the short term, but you know you aren’t getting all the nutrients you need, right? I mean, do you know about protein?”

It’s amazing how many people, who know so little about good nutrition, will tell you so much about the unavoidable benefits of meat protein. Surely, a raw food diet will short-change you on a lot, right? Well, yes. A raw food diet means you will have a deficit of carcinogenic charring, fattening frying oils, and all the rich and varied sugars available in almost every single processed food item.



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