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raw, REAL, soaked, fermented and sprouted

This previous post talks about “raw” foods being anything in it’s natural state (whole) that is unprocessed, unrefined and uncooked (or cooked under 100*).  This includes all the food groups, even sweeteners which would include honey, maple syrup…


“Real” foods are similar to “raw” foods in that they are all natural from their origins, plants or animals. They can all also be soaked, fermented or sprouted. The difference is they can be cooked to any temperature. They are not limited to 100*. These are God made and man prepared without commercial processing. Think about something your grandmother would be making.

You can find information supporting both sides of the cooked-vs-uncooked debate. Here are the pro-cooked claims. Some foods are more nutritional when they’re cooked. Cooking meat, for example releases it’s nutrients and brings out it’s flavor. Some vegetables are said to release phytonutrients when cooked which are easier for the body to absorb this way. Cooking broccoli breaks down goitrogen which affects the thyroid. Cooking can kill bacteria such as E. Coli. Sometimes cooking just makes food more palatable. Cooking is not limited and includes steaming, baking, broiling, boiling, roasting, frying, sauteing, grilling… Food should not be charred, as this is carcinogenic(cancer causing).

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Obviously raw fruits and vegetables, herbs, spices, whole grains, grass-fed and wild meats, raw dairy products, natural sweeteners and local eggs are all raw and real foods. From here on out, you’ll have to do a little investigating. *Refined white sugars, grains and rices are NOT raw or real.

Most foods in boxes are processed and therefore NOT real. Frozen foods can be healthier than fresh in stores because the nutrients are sealed in right away. Look for single ingredient packages, no sauces, no cheeses, no rices nor pastas. Whether boxed, packaged, bottled or frozen, check the labels for the number of ingredients and what those ingredients are. Look for obvious signs such as lists of numerous and unrecognizable ingredients. The general rule of thumb is that packaged real foods don’t have more than five real ingredients.

*Bonus term- Paleo. This is pretty much living off the land. Similar to raw and real foods, except their is NO processing of any kind. So no grains or dairies.

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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:



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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Raw, Real, Soaked, Fermented and Sprouted – Part 1 “Defined”

I first started really looking into “Real Food” about a year ago. We ate kind of healthy, a mix of raw foods, processed foods and fast food. I thought we were doing better than most Americans.  The more I read, the more I discovered there are a lot of people out there eating better than my family. So, I guess we’re somewhere in the middle…?CWRawfoods

As I continued to transition to healthier foods, I came across terms like “raw”, “real”, “soaked”, “fermented” and “sprouted” foods. Although I knew what these words meant, I didn’t know the full purpose and benefits. I thought only those health nut people ate that way and I really didn’t think there were enough benefits to justify the effort. But here I am trying to fix my family’s health issues and live better, revisiting these familiar but renewed terms.

Raw Food Uncooked or unprocessed foods. This includes fresh fruits and vegetables, unpasteurized milk products, nuts, seeds, legumes, uncooked eggs and some meats… The purpose of eating raw foods is that the low or no cooking keeps all the nutrients whereas cooking above 115* kills most if not all the nutrients.

Real Food  Anything God created, anything that can be grown or raised without processing or packaging. Fruits, vegetables, herbs, animal products…

Soaking  Just as it sounds, soaking foods for a period of time before using them. This improves texture, taste, cleanliness and health benefits.  Here is a great article from Nourished Kitchen that explains almost everything about soaking foods, including the reduction of Phytic Acid which can hinder the bodies absorption on certain nutrients causing bone deterioration, cavities and even cancer.

Fermenting  Using yeast or bacteria to ferment foods or liquids. Sauerkraut, yogurt and strong cheese are fermented foods you might be familiar with. Fermenting creates various probiotics, enzymes and other beneficial nutrients. *It must be done correctly with adequate sterilization. Here is a link from Soundness of Body and Mind  for a very popular fermented drink called Kombucha. We will be trying this very soon.

Sprouting  This involves soaking your beans, seeds grains…and letting them start to germinate. Once they do, they are packed full of more nutrients and vitamins for a short time.

Now to get started putting these into practice.

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