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Is raw veganism a great way to lose weight, the only natural way to eat, or the key to a long and healthy life? When you listen to raw food proponents, it's easy to conclude that going raw is the answer to your health problems. Reality is slightly more complicated, as always.
Why Do People Become Raw Vegans?
The reasons for which people are attracted to a raw vegan diet are surprisingly varied. Vegans in general are frequently motivated by a desire to, putting it simply, be kind to animals and the Earth — and raw food vegans are no different. Why take the step to say goodbye to cooked foods, though?
Some common reasons for which people become raw food vegans are:
- Health. Raw food vegans I spoke to say no to cooked foods because raw foods retain more nutrients. Some believe that uncooked produce offers the key to good health, preventing illnesses ranging from the common cold to diabetes, and even believing that eating raw can prevent or cure cancer.
- Spiritual growth. Some raw food vegans find that their dietary choices bring them closer to nature, offer spiritual discipline, and "feed the spirit".
- Laziness. No, this isn't a put-down — it's probably the motivation that appeals most to me personally. Some raw meals take a lot of creativity and preparation, but creating salads, smoothies, and raw soups can also be really easy. What could be better than easy, tasty meals that are also healthy?
- Weight loss. Commit to being a raw food vegan, and you have to wave junk food goodbye by definition. Eating just raw produce including fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds will make you lose weight if you previously consumed lots of bread, rice, and potatoes.