Raw Foods: The Ultimate Superfoods

By Marni Wasserman

Raw foods include any natural food that hasn’t been heated. Technically (or scientifically) speaking, that means not above 48 degree Celsius or 120 degrees Fahrenheit. However, different experts have different theories about what constitutes raw food.

Raw foods are not only loaded with enzymes (which help break down food), but they’re also bursting with all of their nutrients in their natural state. This is especially true when you choose to eat raw plant-based foods such as fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds that are organic and local. You’re basically eating food in its most nutritionally dense way. Ultimately, this makes most raw foods the superfoods of the superfoods.

Raw food should be an additional yet abundant part of a cooked plant-based diet. You can find so many reasons to consider this. First, depending on where you live, raw foods may not be as accessible as in other parts of the world. Second, the climate in your area may not be conducive to eating raw all the time. A warm, cooked plant-based meal is likely what you’ll crave in colder climates.

Variety and diversity — most people require both to feel balanced and satisfied. That’s why the best compromise is to enjoy as many raw additions to your meals as possible, whether you toss them into a smoothie or add sprouts to a cooked stir-fry. The ultimate goal is to try to get as many raw foods as possible for superior health. You’ll feel the difference.

Although it’s beneficial to add raw foods into your life, it’s not necessary to eat raw all the time. Instead, try to eat just some raw foods with your plant-based cooked foods. This can mean preparing a salad with a cooked meal, drinking a pure vegetable juice, or enjoying a green smoothie.

When shopping for superfoods, focus on nutrient-dense foods over low-calorie ones. Calories don’t determine the amount of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, or overall nutrition in a food item. Also, look for a variety of colors, textures, flavors, and shapes. This makes your meals and snacks exciting. No one wants a boring meal that doesn’t taste good!