Here’s a good FAQ page on the Raw Food Diet:
It covers some things like:
-what is raw food?
-why not cook food?
-where do you get protein?
-what are the health benefits?
Personally I’ve done it for the health benefits. (I feel better, happier, feeding body more nutrients and enzymes, heals illnesses, I’ve met people who cured severe cancers and disease through raw food, you can lose weight and the food tastes good and there’s alot of variety. Plus it seems to make people feel and look younger. Plus most fruits & veggies and sprouts are alkaline in the body whereas most Americans are too acidic which leads to disease.)
Also here’s some examples of raw vegan sources of nutrition:
Good sources of Iron: green leafy vegetables, legumes/beans, parsley, dried fruits, spinach, raisins, lentils.
Vitamin A: Carrots, spinach, swiss chard, turnip greens, cantaloupe, romaine lettuce, broccoli, winter squash.
Vitamin B1: Sunflower seeds, black beans (cooked), corn, sesame seeds, spinach.
Vitamin B6: Banana, potato, avocado, garlic, red pepper, watermelon, cauliflower.
Vitamin B12: Nutritional yeast or supplement.
Vitamin C: Broccoli, brussel sprouts, strawberries, orange, cantaloupe, kiwi, pineapple, winter squash, blueberries
Vitamin D: exposure to sunlight or a supplement.
Calcium: dark green vegetables (kale, collards, mustard greens, bok choy), sesame seeds, turnips, tahini, broccoli, almonds, parsley, dried apricots, oranges
Vitamin E: Sunflower seeds, almonds, papaya, sweet potato, spinach.
Vitamin K: Kale, Spinach, collard greens, Swiss chard, turnip greens, mustard greens, brussel sprouts, broccoli, parsley, romaine lettuce
Magnesium: Sunflower seeds, almonds, summer squash.
Potassium: Winter squash, avocado, lentils, beets, figs, brussel sprouts, cantaloupe, banana, tomato.
Selenium: Brazil nuts (1 has more than a day’s worth)
Zinc: Sesame seeds, peas, spinach, parsley, collard greens, brussel sprouts, cucumbers, string beans.
Folate: Papaya, lentils, mustard greens, peanuts, flaxseeds, oranges, raspberries.
Protein: Proteins play a key role in human body but a diet that is excessively rich in protein can contribute to heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, osteoporosis, kidney and liver disorders. Food that is cooked provides the body with much less protein than the same food in its raw state, so, when protein is consumed in its raw state, a person need only half as much when protein is consumed after being cooked. For a raw vegan diet is easy to satisfy the amount of recommended protein. Almost all vegetables, legumes, cereals, nuts and seeds contain many proteins.
A mere 3.5 ounces of sunflower sprouts contains a whopping 22.78 grams of protein! The same amount of chicken breast meat contains just slightly more protein at 26.25 grams. Sunflower sprouts and greens are a rich source of vitamins A, B complex, D, and E and minerals including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and zinc. Other nutrients can easily be found on the raw food diet.
Article: “Scientific research proves Raw Food Protects against Cancer and Heart disease” and “Excessive heat denatures nutrients”
If you want more info on the Raw Food diet, check out my first Raw Food post which also contains lots of links.
My other related post: Acid/alkaline balance