Benefits of eating raw foods

Don’t mistake eating raw foods as a trope of health-conscious high society. It’s actually a very basic way to eat that is not only healthy, but great for the planet. There’s a third benefit too that you just may be interested in—it’s good for your libido—which means raw foods can bring you joy.

Let’s start with the basics.

What are raw foods?

Raw foods are uncooked, unprocessed, and typically organic. Staples of the raw food diet are fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and sprouted grains. Select raw food enthusiasts also eat unpasteurized dairy, raw eggs (can’t help but think of Rocky here), meat and fish. The food is eaten cold or moderately warm. The rule is, to be considered raw, it must never go above 118 degrees.

So, why eat raw?

The idea is that cooking food destroys many of the nutrients and natural enzymes. Enzymes are highly beneficial to health and disease prevention. Read more about the specific benefits of enzymes here. (link to other article)

That means raw foods are high in vitamins (B and C especially), minerals, fiber, phytochemicals and enzymes.

The nitty-gritty on raw food benefits

Immunity: Vitamin B and C boost immunity, so your body can fight illness and disease like a champ. Raw foods have a lot of antioxidants too, which are great soldiers in the immunity army.

Energy: Because the vitamins and minerals in raw food are unprocessed and not zapped with heat, your body gets a major boost. This means raw food eaters can expect an increase in energy and vigor.

Better Digestion: Fiber and enzymes are partners in crime when it comes to marshaling excellent food digestion and elimination. Poor digestion doesn’t just mean a bellyache, it also means your body isn’t able to absorb the nutrients in the food it ingests.  Fiber and enzymes fight the good fight to make sure your body receives all the benefits of the foods you eat, and that those foods are eliminated with ease.

Did somebody say libido?

Obviously with increased energy and vitality, you’ll feel more randy. But there are more reasons uncooked food heats up the bedroom. Here is a breakdown:

Raw FoodsNutrientSexual Benefits
Germinated nuts, seeds, grains and beansEssential Fatty AcidsFatty acids act as fuel for cells, which is essential for sensitivity, desire and pleasure.
Sprouted grains of all types, uncooked whole grain breadsB-Complex VitaminsThese vitamins act as a relaxant to all systems of the body and are important in the production of hormones.
Leafy green vegetables, sprouted beans, cabbage, broccoli, wheatgrass CalciumCalcium makes cells healthier. Healthy cells mean better genital circulation and heightened sexual sensitivity.
Leafy green sprouts, beet greens, kale, spinach, cabbage, citrus fruits, yams, etc.Beta-Carotene (Vitamin A)Beta-Carotene (Vitamin A) is one of the MVPs of sex hormone production.

A raw diet definitely sounds intimidating. Most comfort foods are warm. The good news is you don’t have to eat 100% raw to reap the benefits of a raw food diet. Simply incorporating raw foods into your diet frequently, will improve your health.

You’d be surprised at how many amazing raw foods are possible, including brownies, veggie burgers, Pad Thai and ice cream sandwiches, to name a few. All of Ozuké’s products are also raw, making them an easy and tasty compliment to your quest for health in all aspect of your life.