Eating Raw

Dec 10

Eating Raw

A study was recently done by the Centre for Disease Control whose conclusion was that Americans (and by default, Canadians) don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables.

So, why should you care? The CDC’s “Fruits & Veggies Matter” states

Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that may help protect you from chronic diseases. Compared with people who consume a diet with only small amounts of fruits and vegetables, those who eat more generous amounts as part of a healthful diet are likely to have reduced risk of chronic diseases, including stroke and perhaps other cardiovascular diseases, and certain cancers.

So, how much do you need? Joel Fuhrmann, a famous nutitionist who has a great reputation for bringing healing to many people through nutrition says,

“Ninety percent of the daily diet should be made up of nutrient rich plant foods, whose calories are accompanied by health-promoting phytochemicals: green and other non-starchy vegetables; fresh fruits; beans and legumes; raw nuts, seeds, and avocados; starchy vegetables; and whole grains.”

That’s pretty high! Currently the general consensus is that you should have 2 cups of vegetables with every meal. That’s a LOT more than most of us have been getting!

A minimum of 50% of those fruits and vegetables should be raw. Here are the top 5 reasons why:

  1. Raw foods retain more of their nutritional value
  2. They are free from preservatives and additives
  3. They are higher in anti-oxidants
  4. They are more satisfying, so you need to eat less food
  5. There’s a lot less cleanup! 🙂

Want some easy ways to get more raw food into your diet? Here are 15 Ideas To Add More Raw Fruits and Vegetables To Your Meals

Enjoy!

Darlene

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