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Last updated: February 7, 2020
The raw food diet can offer some amazing health benefits for the body and the mind, but it is also a challenging diet.
Is it possible that including more raw foods into your regular diet is actually easier than going full vegan?
Let’s have a closer look at the raw vs vegan comparison to find out more!
Raw vs Vegan Imitation Foods
Although both raw foods and vegan foods provide so-called imitation foods, raw foods tend to be very different from their cooked counterparts. When you’re eating vegan chips, it’s very different from eating celery sticks.
That’s not to say that raw food doesn’t have any foods that mimic your favorite cooked foods. The difference is that vegan foods tend to resemble your old time pre-vegan favorites.
The reason it’s so much easier to go raw on some level, is that you’re not trying to trick yourself. You know you’re eating raw food and you know exactly what it is. You’re not lying to yourself.
Less Tofu and Soy Products
For a number of years soy based products have been touted as a health food, and many vegetarian and vegan “fake meat” products are made of tofu. Soy can cause all kinds of issues if eaten in large quantities.
Soy can cause hormonal imbalances, which for example can lead to mood disorders. Soy is also an allergen for many people, and can cause all kinds of issues such as thyroid problems and lowered immunity if eaten in large quantities.
Asian countries generally did not eat a lot of soy, they fermented it for three years and used it as a light condiment. I am often surprised by how little we know about other cultures that supposedly eat a lot of soy in their diet.
One thing to consider is that although soy is very common in Asian countries today, consumption has changed a lot in recent years as advertising and manufacturing has also changed.
Raw Food Energy
In terms of energy, raw food cannot be beaten. Since you are eating fresh raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, your body knows how to digest these basic food groups. So you get the fuel from it immediately.
Raw food also places an emphasis on food combination, which helps people to digest quickly without taxing their system and experiencing a dip in energy.
Raw Food Going Mainstream?
The more people who include raw foods in their diet, the more normal it will become. The same thing happened with vegetarianism. When “regular people” started ordering vegetarian meals, it became acceptable to be vegetarian.
A vegan diet high in raw food is also a good alternative, if raw isn’t right for you.
It is easier to include more raw food in your diet than it is to eliminate meat and dairy. That’s because you’re starting with a blank slate, whereas veganism and vegetarianism focus on removing certain foods.
When going raw, you are straightforward with yourself about what you’re really eating, you avoid soy and all of the common problems associated with it, and you will increase your energy levels.
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