Foods that are not cooked or processed are more easily digested and their nutrients are better absorbed. You’ll notice a stark difference when you eat raw, fresh fruit or vegetables versus eating a heavy, cooked meal.
What Is Raw Food?
Raw foods are foods that are close to their most natural state. Eating mostly unprocessed foods helps you get most of the nutrients without dangerous additives and food colorants commonly used in packaged foods.
Although raw foods do not involve heat and cooking, there are other meal preparation methods such as juicing, soaking, sprouting, fermenting and dehydrating.
Why Raw Foods?
- Easier to digest
- Supplies maximum nutrients
- Provides live enzymes that promote digestion
- Feel lighter and better
- Promotes healthy gut bacteria
- Improves focus and alertness
- Prevents sluggishness
- Makes you feel happier
Eating plenty of raw fruits and vegetables helps reduce the risk of many degenerative diseases and promotes good health1.
How Do Raw Foods Improve Your Health?
Boosts Mood: One study found that eating high quality, fresh fruits and vegetables significantly improved the mental well-being of the participants2. It included a lower incidence of depression, anxiety, greater happiness, and greater well-being.
Fights Fatigue: Unlike processed foods that are stripped of its nutrition, raw foods contain higher amounts of vitamins and minerals. This allows easier absorption of the nutrients by the body and makes them 100% bioavailable.
Lowers the Risk of Heart Disease: A meta-analysis of several studies show that when you increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables, the risk of mortality from heart disease drops considerably3. Conversely, a low intake leads to an increase in the risk of heart and blood pressure related ailments4.
Reduces the Risk of Certain Cancers: The World Health Organization recommends a higher intake of fresh fruits and vegetables as a means to lower the risk of certain types of cancer5. Fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and also provide antioxidants that offer these protective effects. Raw foods encourage the consumption of fruits and vegetables, and hence confer these protective effects.
So how much do we need to eat daily? Researchers estimate that the most significant benefit came from eating ten portions of fruits and vegetables each day6.
But eating that many fruits and veggies per day can be difficult, that why we recommend NATURELO’s Raw Greens Whole Food Powder harnesses the superpower of natural and organic green foods — like spirulina, barley grass, wheat grass, chlorella, alfalfa, and kale — plus other organic fruit, vegetable, and herb ingredients to fuel your day.
1. Critical review: vegetables and fruit in the prevention of chronic diseases, 2012 Jun 9
2. Let them eat fruit! The effect of fruit and vegetable consumption on psychological well-being in young adults: A randomized controlled trial, 2017 Feb 3
3. Fruit and vegetable consumption and mortality from all causes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer: systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies, Published 29 July 2014
4. Association Between Dietary Factors and Mortality From Heart Disease, Stroke, and Type 2 Diabetes in the United States, March 7, 2017
5. Increasing fruit and vegetable consumption to reduce the risk of noncommunicable diseases, 11 February 2019
6. Eating more fruits and vegetables may prevent millions of premature deaths, 23 February 2017