Raw Food Diet

The Raw Food movement traces its roots all the way back to the late 1800s when a doctor named Maximilian Bircher-Benner discovered he could cure his own jaundice by eating raw apples. The diet specifies that you should only eat food that has not been cooked, processed, microwaved, irradiated, genetically engineered, or exposed to pesticides or herbicides. Though each dieter can shape their own combination of foods, those following the Raw Food Diet typically consume about 80% of their calories from plant-based foods, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, sprouts, seeds, and nuts, including cashews, sunflower seeds, and raw nut butters. Most dieters consume about 50% of the calories they would eat on a cooked-food diet.

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