Raw foodism has been circulating for more than a century but has seen surging popularity in recent times.
This movement defines raw food as not having been cooked to temperatures over 118 degrees. The diet allows several “no-cook” alternative preparation methods, including juicing, fermenting, dehydrating, soaking and sprouting.
Not surprisingly, raw foodists typically are vegan, though some also consume raw fish, meat and dairy.
Proponents say it’s healthier than our usual diet of cooked meals, that foods in their natural form are more nutritious.
Benefits attributed to raw food include a lower risk of disease, improved energy, better looking skin and less body fat.
Health experts warn, though, that eating a mostly raw diet could lead to some unintended health consequences.
Key benefits include that a raw food diet often is high in fresh fruits and vegetables, which often are lacking in a standard American diet. That means