You might think that a raw food diet lacks excitement or seems a little too drastic. Read on to discover some raw food myths that could be holding you back or making you unhealthy.
- Myth 1. Raw Food Diets Mean You Will Eat Less
This is not true at all - nor should it be tried! Your body will require the same amount of calories on a raw food diet as it does on a regular one. Even though the raw food diet can result in you gaining more nutrition from your foods because their enzymes are not damaged by heat, you will still need to maintain your health by eating lots of calories. You should embark on a raw food diet to be healthy, not to lose weight.
- Myth 2. You Can Eat As Many Raw Desserts As You Like
The raw food diet is by no means boring. There are many delicious recipes you can make to satisfy your palette and sugar cravings. The great thing is that raw desserts are often much healthier for you than the ones you’ll buy at the store which have been processed. The catch? They still contain sugar, such as in the form of dates, so moderation is key.
- Myth 3. All You Will Eat are Fruits and Veggies
Not true! Sure, that’s probably the first thing you think when you hear the words 'raw food’ but there are many other foods that form part of a healthy, happy diet. These include nuts, seaweeds, cold-pressed oils, nut milk, seeds and sprouted grains.
- Myth 4. You Have to Be 100% Raw All the Time
Although you might want to go cold turkey on your current diet to embrace the raw food lifestyle, you can be flexible about it, especially if you are just starting out. If you want to eat some cooked foods, you should strive to make them as plant-based as possible, with the rest of your main diet being raw.
- Myth 5. You Can’t Heat Anything So You’ll Be Eating Cold Foods
This doesn’t have to be true! Warming up some of your foods is fine, as long as they're not heated too much. You can also serve food on warm plates. As for raw fruits and veggies, you should store them at room temperature so that they don’t become too cold before consumption.
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