5 Best Raw Foods
Raw foods are awesome for people who are health conscious. What could be quicker? Most raw foods can be consumed “as is” so that they don’t entail long preparation times to agitate already growling tummies.
When we cook foods (heating over 118 degrees F), we destroy enzymes. Enzymes are hugely important in digestion, energy production, and health in general. Without enzymes, food basically becomes toxic to our bodies. Raw foods have a much, much higher nutrient value than cooked foods. Part of the much debated obesity issue in this country is the fact that on average, Americans aren’t eating enough raw foods. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is sad!
In the interest of personal health and energy efficiency, here is our list of 5 Best Raw Foods:
1. Young Coconut- Coconuts are a favorite of mine. Having always loved the flavor of coconuts, I was pleased when I recently learned more of their health qualities. Being an excellent source of electrolytes, vitamins and minerals, they are very close in level to human blood. And, as coconut is the best natural source of purified water, you could actually use it in an IV! Recently, this wonderful fruit has been tapped as a source for sports drinks because of its ability to replenish our bodies’ salts and minerals. You actually could survive on coconuts alone for some time, and for this reason it is number 1 on our list!
2. Honey- Consuming raw honey is much better than processed honey in that the raw variety actually contains pollen and a resinous mixture called propolis. These make raw honey more of a whole food, and a natural sweetener you can feel good about!
3. Seaweed- Seaweed is an awesome mineral source. Kelp is probably the most healthy and usable. Dulse is another popular one, as is Sea lettuce. Seaweed is low in fat, high in protein, and low in cholesterol. It’s also chalk full of iron and calcium! Raw seaweed makes an awesome salad accompaniment to another popular and controversial raw food: sushi! Here’s a bonus tip too…Seaweed is not just for people. It’s great for pets too! Check out Solid Gold’s “Seameal Powder“…it’s loaded with trace minerals, vitamins, amino acids, digestive enzymes, and flaxseed meal! Good stuff, I say.
4. Sprouts- Sprouts are a hugely popular raw food because they also land in another, equally beneficial category: living foods! They are rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, and enzymes. Even after harvesting and putting them in the refrigerator, they continue to grow! How fresh is THAT? Their nutritional value actually increases right in your refrigerator. I could say more, but do I need to?
5. Goji Berries- just as we escalated from raw foods to living foods with #4, we’ll now jump to raw, living, and….SUPERFOODS! These berries are some of the most nutritionally rich foods in the world. They taste kind of like a cross between cherries and cranberries. They are a complete protein source with 18 different amino acids, 21 trace minerals (like iron, zinc, copper, calcium, and phosphorus, to name a few…), vitamins B1, B2, B6, and vitamin E. Perhaps what makes them the most popular is that they are so full of antioxidants (2-4 times more than blueberries) and polysaccharides, which are hailed as anti-aging substances. Goji Berries are the only known food that help humans to stimulate Human Growth Hormone, the decreasing levels of which are linked to the symptoms of getting old. So try a handful- stay young!
Of course, just about any fruit or vegetable, seed or fungus your can find raw has more healthy properties than its cooked counterparts, but these are just some fun ones to try out, if you were wondering… Give them a try, you might end up feeling great about it!