“A raw diet eliminates all processed and packaged foods notorious for causing heart disease, hypertension, obesity and diabetes. These foods are loaded with refined sugar, salt, oil and flour. which can lead to acidity, high blood pressure and sugar levels, as well as inflammation in the body.Raw foods can help boost energy levels due to the greater availability of nutrients, because they are not exposed to heat or any cooking techniques. Additionally, raw foods help alkalize the body, improve memory, and make you less susceptible to disease,” says Aman Puri, Founder of Steadfast Nutrition.
1. Food poisoning
Raw foods are more likely to cause food poisoning. “A diet consisting of raw foods increases the chances of inviting harmful bacteria and viruses into the human body. This is because raw foods are never completely free of these harmful elements, which can lead to complications and illnesses” , notes Madhavi Karmokar Sharma, nutritionist and founder of Informed Health.
“The raw diet has negative health consequences such as food poisoning and a possible deficiency of certain fats, minerals and vitamins necessary for the body. In addition, certain foods such as kidney beans, meat, sprouts and eggs can be poisonous if eaten in their raw form,” adds Aayushi.
2. Nutritional deficiencies
Followers of the raw diet may find it difficult to meet their daily macronutrient needs. “Restrictive diets such as the raw food diet can encourage poor eating habits. A raw food diet excludes whole food groups such as meat. Thus, you are unlikely to get all the essential nutrients your body needs. In addition, the diet does not provide enough calcium, iron, zinc or omega-3 fatty acids”, remarks Eshanka Wahi.
“Cooking food has the added benefit of killing bacteria and other harmful microorganisms. Additionally, it is a myth that all enzymes are lost during cooking. On the contrary, some enzymes and antioxidants get stronger under the heat pressure like lycopene which is good for our body cells Raw foods also contain phytic acids and phytates, which become inactive during cooking which is good for us as they interfere with absorption nutrients,” adds Vidhi Chawla, registered dietitian and founder of Fisico Diet Clinic.
3. Restrictive and time-consuming
“The raw diet is extremely time consuming; you’ll run into trouble eating out and find yourself stuck with only a handful of options. Your regular grocery list will grow and you will still need to have organized meal plans or you won’t know what to eat,” concludes Lakhapati.
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