Raw veganism isn’t healthy.

I’m not a raw vegan because raw veganism itself isn’t healthy.

I understand the confusion as I eat mostly raw fruit during the day. But for dinner, I generally have steamed potatoes, mushrooms, broccoli or other greens.

Raw vegans typically do not eat any foods cooked above a certain temperature (around 48C or 118F). They believe cooking foods above this temperature damages nutrients so they avoid cooked foods at all costs.

Deep-frying or cooking food at high temperatures for an extended period of time does damage nutrients (and adversely affect the texture and flavour of the food), but gently cooking veggies by steaming is perfectly fine. Some veggies, like broccoli, are easier to digest when steamed. And because it is easier to digest, our bodies absorb more of the nutrients. Roasting or boiling are other ways to gently cook veggies or potatoes, just leave out the oil and salt.

Raw foods are high in fat.

Many people are interested in the raw vegan lifestyle because they want to be healthy or lose weight, but eating raw doesn’t guarantee either of these. Raw vegan fare usually imitates non-vegan foods quite well; you can even find raw vegan tacos, lasagna, burgers, cakes and cookies in completely raw vegan restaurants. These meals, while tasty, are still loaded with fat just like their non-raw equivalents because they are chock full of nuts, seeds, and oil. A raw cheesecake made of nuts and coconut oil is just as unhealthy as a cheesecake made with cow’s milk. However, you could make the argument that the raw cheesecake is more ethical because it’s vegan. If you choose to eat raw cheesecake, let it be because of this reason. Raw cheesecake isn’t a health food just because it’s raw.

Eat low fat instead.

Focusing on eating only raw foods is a mistake. If you want to be healthy or lose weight, you should instead focus on minimising your fat intake. Eat plenty of fruits and gently cook your veggies.

 

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