Benefits of Raw & Living Food

Why Raw Plant Food?

When food is cooked in the traditional method, vitamins and minerals are destroyed or denatured. The Raw Food movement believes that the live enzymes present in plant food, which are important for digestion, are destroyed at temperatures above 115 degrees. Food heated above 115 degress is considered “dead” food.

Ask those who eat mostly raw plant food what changes they’ve experienced, and this is what they say:

•Lost weight
•Improved immune function (fewer colds and infections)
•Suffer from fewer environmental allergies
•Have a clearer complexion and healthier hair
•Increased energy and vitality
•Reduced bloating and gas
•Sleeping better
•Reduced risk factors for heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions

How does eating raw plant food encourage weight loss?

Raw plant foods are nutrient dense, not calorie dense. The standard American diet (SAD) of highly processed and packaged foods is just the opposite: calorie dense but nutrient deficient. It stands to reason that eating a diet high in plant food will give your body the nutrients it needs to function properly, without excess calories. Your mother was right. Eat your veggies!

Obstacles to losing weight

Helping your body to manage and eliminate waste and toxins is vital to weight loss. Recent research suggests that if the body is not eliminating waste effectively, it will store or “encapsulate” toxins in fat cells in an attempt to protect the body from damage. The theory is that the more toxic you are, the more fat cells are needed, and the harder it is to loose weight. A healthy diet, consisting of plenty of raw plant food, helps the body rid itself of environmental and diet related toxins.

Do you have to be %100 Raw Vegan?!

There is no one “perfect” way to eat. We think a reasonable goal and livable mindset is to eat PRIMARILY raw plant foods. For some people, that might be 50-50. Raw foods for breakfast and lunch, and a cooked dinner. For us, its 80-20 or 90-10, depending on what’s on the agenda for the week. The ideal percentage of raw plant food in your diet will vary depending on your personal health, age, gender, and goals.

How much of your diet should be raw?

Perhaps the biggest indicator that your diet doesn’t include enough plant-based foods is excess weight. Based on soaring obesity rates and diseases associated with diet, it appears the majority of Americans need to eat a much higher percentage of raw fruits and vegetables and a lot less processed and pre-packaged foods.
If you were to list the factors that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, intestinal disorders, diabetes, and some types of cancer, the Standard American diet (SAD) has them all.
  • High in animal fats
  • High in unhealthy fats: saturated, hydrogenated
  • Low in fiber
  • High in processed foods
  • Low in complex carbohydrates
  • Low in plant-based foods

Cultures that eat the reverse of the standard American diet – low fat, high in complex carbohydrates, plant-based, and high in fiber – have a lower incidence of cancer and coronary artery disease.  Pick up a copy of The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health for an in depth review of disease modality across the world.


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