Raw foodism didn’t get its start from modern day health activists, but by an 1800s-era doctor searching for a cure for his jaundice. The effects of raw food on human health has been an evolving study ever since.
Today, eating raw foods, which are not cooked, processed, exposed to pesticides or herbicides, microwaved or genetically engineered, is considered a “smart step toward health,” according to WebMD.
Raw foods are not just carrot sticks and apples. There are a number of raw foods beyond raw veggies and fruit. Learn why adding these seven raw foods to your diet will give you a boost.
Why Eat Raw Foods1 of 9
Add more raw foods to your diet on a daily basis, to help you look and feel stronger and healthier. For instance, consuming more fruits and vegetables can:
- Lower your risk for breast cancer
- Cleanse the body and get rid of toxins
- Less risk of overeating
- Intake more antioxidants
- Better complexion
- Reduce headaches and allergies
- Boost energy, immunity and memory
Fermented Veggies2 of 9
Fermented foods are potent detoxifiers and contain high levels of probiotics, making them ideal for your digestive system. Try adding foods like sauerkraut, kimchi or cabbage to your soups and salads. Or use as your condiments.
Almonds3 of 9
Raw nuts have healthy fats that are essential to our bodies and are an excellent source of vitamin E. They also help lower LDL (or bad) cholesterol. Top your salad with sliced almonds or grab a small bag as a snack.
Chia Seeds4 of 9
Chia seeds, a South American staple, are a rich source of nutrients, fiber (a whopping 10 grams per 2 tablespoons), calcium, magnesium and antioxidants. Swap oatmeal for chia breakfast pudding.
Coconut5 of 9
A natural hydrating food, coconuts are also packed with healthy fats that help fuel your brain. Try it raw or grab a bottle of coconut water.
Broccoli6 of 9
The health benefits of eating broccoli are extensive. Raw broccoli contains vitamin K, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A and magnesium, to name a few nutrients. Munch these veggies raw or toss in your salad.
Leafy Greens7 of 9
You can never get enough leafy greens such as kale, spinach, arugula and chard. Raw leafy greens are minerals and vitamins and provide a great deal of fiber. Add spinach to your smoothie or make a raw kale salad.
Blueberries8 of 9
These tiny powerful antioxidants are easy to add to your diet. Try a blueberry smoothie, blueberries in your salad or a handful as an afternoon snack. They are a great source of fiber and brain fuel.