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RAW, real, soaked, fermented and sprouted

So many terms to know just to eat healthy. I looked at a few brief definitions in this previous post. Now I’m digging a little deeper so I actually know what I’m doing and why.
What is raw Food? When meat is not cooked or processed, it’s raw. This goes for all foods, if it’s not cooked or processed, it’s raw.*

This group includes:

FRUITS, VEGETABLES, NUTS, SEEDS, HERBS, SPICES, LEGUMES (beans, peas, lentils…) GRAINS, SPROUTS and UNPROCESSED DAIRY AND MEATS .

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Actually, it can either be “whole” (in it’s natural state) or cooked “a little”. Food cooked above about 100* starts to break down and looses some of it’s nutritional value. This is no longer considered raw or living. Foods can be warmed and heated up to 100* and still be considered raw.

Raw is similar to living foods except that with living foods all seeds, nuts, legumes and grains must be sprouted to activate the dormant enzymes. These terms are sometimes used interchangeably, but not accurately. More on this later.

There are many different numbers for a percentage of raw food that must be consumed for a diet to be considered a “raw diet”. The numbers are anywhere from 75%-100%. Their are several variations of these diets. Raw Vegans (also called purely raw) only eat raw plant products. Raw Vegetarians eat raw plant products and animal products excluding the animal itself, and the list goes on…

So, raw food can be whole (in their natural state), low cooked  and unprocessed whole foods including meats and dairy, and can be sprouted.

I hope your found that informative. Next time, “REAL” foods.

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