The Raw I am about to discuss has nothing to do with Monday nights, carpaccio or Eddie Murphy.
The "Raw" I am referring to indicates a dietary lifestyle choice gaining popularity from its reported health benefits, celebrity endorsers and more recent mainstream availability. I’ll call it "raw veganism," but it has all sorts of offshoots and variations.
When raw first intrigued my food/health/wellness curiosity, it was basically a further restrictive version of veganism. Vegan describes a dietary choice of eating no meat, no fish, no poultry, no game, no eggs, no dairy of any kind from any animal and even no honey. Pure vegans neither consume, nor use, nor wear any animal products.
Raw vegan takes it to the next level. The kicker is that food cannot be heated above a range of 104 to 118 degrees. Techniques such as chopping, massaging, dehydrating, food processing, juicing and blending are used frequently.
Milwaukee Holistic Health Professional, two-year raw foodist and organizer of the Raw Milwaukee Meetup Group Anita Fisher explains, "raw means foods that are prepared under 118 degrees Fahrenheit, as that is the temperature at which enzymes in foods deteriorate."
Most raw foodists believe that these enzymes are essential for health and that eating foods abundant with enzymes are easiest to digest.
In recent months, there has been a trend toward an even more extreme (but, I’m not saying non-beneficial) version of raw called the 80/10/10 Diet or High Carb Raw Vegan Diet.
Popularized by Dr. Douglas Graham’s book "The 80/10/10 Diet," there is no shortage of believers displaying their daily meals on social media. The 80/10/10 designates daily macronutrient goals of 80 percent carbohydrate, 10percent protein and 10 percent fat. 80/10/10 is in essence, fruitarianism – a diet mostly consisting of fruit, some leafy greens and very little fat.
Before all the Paleo and Atkins people get their protein powders all shook up over those percentages, let’s be …Read more...