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The Top 5 Reasons To Eat Raw – by Frederic Patenaude

The Top 5 Reasons To Eat Raw – by Frederic Patenaude
Over the years of being in the raw foods scene, I’ve heard a lot of crazy theories as to “why” people ate a raw food diet and didn’t cook their food.

Some of them really do make sense, like the preservation of nutrients.

Others, like when someone says that they should eat green bananas because of the enzymes present in them, don’t hold as much weight.

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I will say that a 100% raw food diet may be very appropriate and beneficial for many people. For others however, the all-or-nothing approach just doesn’t work the way they want it to.

There are also many different people who believe many different things. And anything you believe is just that: something you believe. That can change.

I personally don’t think there is any life force in food, something touted in raw circles, besides the raw materials necessary for human nutrition. I haven’t found any proof to bring me to another conclusion for myself.

However, you may disagree with me and still think that there is indeed life force in food or any other thing you want to believe. Nobody needs a rational reason to think or believe anything, and that’s okay.

I have certain beliefs that are not completely rational.

For example, I do believe that everything happens for a reason. That kind of belief is based on my personal experience, and it also works for me. But I know it’s not necessarily “rational”, it’s just something I believe.

Top 5 Reasons to Eat Raw

Nutrient Density
Fruits and vegetables are the most-nutrient-dense foods on the planet, and most of these foods are better eaten raw than cooked.

When we say that a food is “nutrient-dense,” we mean that it has many nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, per calorie. Starchy foods are calorie-dense, but not as nutrient-dense as fruits and vegetables.

In other words, 500 calories of rice or potatoes will contain fewer vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals than 500 calories of kale, or 500 calories of apples.

By eating a diet composed mainly of fruits and vegetables, we take in more nutrients than if we were to eat mostly cooked foods.

There are some exceptions, however. Cooked green vegetables tend to be more nutrient-dense than raw greens, simply because we can eat more of them more easily.

For example, you probably remember taking a huge amount of spinach and cooking it down in a matter of seconds to almost nothing. Well that small cup of cooked spinach is now jam-packed with minerals, and will only take you a few minutes to eat. On the other hand, the same amount of raw spinach would take much longer to chew and eat.

Raw foodists can use the same principle by using a blender and other devices to process their food, such as the case of green smoothies.

Caloric Density

One of the most important concepts to understand in human nutrition is that of caloric density. Caloric density is an estimation of a food’s energy content by weight.

For example, an entire head of lettuce weighing over one pound contains less than 100 calories. That means that the caloric density of lettuce is less than 100 calories per pound.

On the other hand, a single tablespoon of oil contains 120 calories. So you have more calories in 1 tablespoon of oil than in a pound of lettuce. But guess which one is going to fill you up more?

The principle of caloric density is to encourage eating sufficient nutrients while feeling satisfied eating a larger volume of food and a healthy amount of calories.

Studies have confirmed that if you feed people foods of low caloric density, they will eat as much as they want, not be hungry and lose weight, without having to count calories or feel deprived.

Now it’s important to note that nobody will ever really successfully live off a diet of just raw vegetables, and I wouldn’t recommend doing so.

However, you want your diet to contain plenty of raw vegetables by weight.

The concept of caloric density is to look at the overall caloric density of the foods you eat throughout the day.

Low Toxic Load

When cooking carbohydrates (such as potatoes) at high temperatures (baking, frying, etc.), a compound called acrylamide is created. In animal studies, high doses of acrylamide cause cancer and doesn’t sound very promising for your health.

More acrylamide is created when foods are cooked at a higher temperature or for longer periods of time.

We also know that other molecules called “Maillard Molecules” are formed when foods brown and caramelize during cooking. Some people speculate that these new compounds, created in the cooking process, may affect health negatively.

It’s also important to note that the act of being alive and toxic to you, and every bite of food you ever intake will always have varying degrees of “nutriment” and varying degrees of “toxicity”.

While certain forms of cooking appear to be relatively harmless (steaming, for example), the surest way to reduce the amount of toxins in your diet to the lowest level is to eat foods in their raw state.

You Eliminate Everything Else That’s Really Bad for You

One of the main reasons why people get sick is that they eat so many “dead”, pre-packaged foods.

These foods are not only heavily processed, but they contain a long list of suspicious ingredients, including MSG, preservatives, artificial coloring, and more.

Eating a raw food diet automatically eliminates all of this unhealthy food, which means that your diet will be 100% more clean and pure. It will be “wholesome” in the true sense of the word.

When I started the raw food diet, there were no pre-packaged raw snacks available. All that I bought were actual foods: fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Eventually I got into olive oil, but that was a pretty simple product. The “worst” thing that raw foodists bought was jars of olives that could possibly have been marinated in salt water.

Nowadays, a variety of raw food snacks — from kale chips to chocolate brownies — are available. Many of the people making these products do remain true to their nature of keeping them free of artificial flavors and preservatives, but processed foods are still processed foods and eaten in moderation.

Phytochemicals

Raw fruits and vegetables, as well as raw nuts and seeds, are absolutely packed with phytochemicals.

“Phyto” means “plant,” so the term phytochemical designates different compounds in foods that protect against illness. Some phytochemicals can prevent DNA damage caused by free radicals.

You’ve probably heard of antioxidants with cancer-preventing benefits found in many fruits and vegetables and dark leafy greens. Antioxidants are a class of phytochemicals.

Some of the most potent phytochemicals are found in raw foods, and many of them are heat-sensitive. Therefore, eating a raw food diet or a mostly raw diet will give you an abundance of phytochemicals — and this could prove to be one of the main benefits of this diet.

Some notable phytochemicals are to be found in:

The Cruciferous Family — including cabbage, kale, broccoli, etc. These vegetables contain a class of phytochemicals (called sulphoraphane and indole-3-carbinol) that are converted into cancer-fighting enzymes by the liver.
Berries — This includes pomegranate, cherries, blueberries, grapes etc. They contain many phytochemicals that increase immunity.
Citrus fruits — Those fruits contain many phytochemicals (close to the skin), in addition to lots of vitamin C, which is an antioxidant.

Pretty much every raw fruit and vegetable contains health-enhancing phytochemicals. Cooking food sometimes enhance the bio-availability of certain phytochemicals, like lycopene in tomatoes, but in general we get more benefits from eating foods in their raw state.

Conclusion

When we use bad arguments to promote a certain philosophy, it often leads us to make mistakes. Sometimes people oversimplify a health philosophy and refuse to look at new information on top of it all.

There are so many great reasons to eat more raw foods in your diet, I feel that being conscious about the reasons we give for them are important to gaining a better understanding of ourselves and our food!

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Q & A Series: People, Products and The Health of Our Planet – Interview with Mariam Kinkladze, co-founder and CEO of Organic Gemini

My Comments: I first found this company when perusing Amazon for products and was intrigued by it. Then I met some of the people from the company at Expo West in Anaheim and tried the product for the first time. It was, Yum at 1st Bite! The Tiger Nut is chewy on the outside and sweet, tasty and satisfying. I also tried the Raw Granola and Horchata – which incorporate the Tiger Nut into them and those where just as wonderful. I look forward to seeing more products made using this amazing tuber/small root vegetable from Spain. It has numerous health benefits as the #1 resistant starch/prebiotic. I also love that they do not use agave or cane sugar to sweeten their Horchata drink, but instead use dates. Thanks for bringing this great product to the USA!

I want to give thanks to Ludovica Vigliardi Paravia, PR Representative and Europe Sales Coordinator at Organic Gemini, for all her efforts and assistance.

For the twenty-fourth interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to
Mariam Kinkladze, co-founder and CEO of Organic Gemini founded by Mariam Kinkladze and George Papanastasatos in 2013.

Question #1: Tell me briefly about yourself and why you decided to get involved in the “health” industry?

Healing myself from a cancerous cyst following a raw diet showed me how lost we are as a society and how much real-food diet relates into health. Learning and living with an awareness of proper health is empowering. I’ve spent a lot of time educating myself through books, travel and advice from fellow health ambassadors I’ve met along the way. When I realized how much confidence I had found from knowing what to put in my body, I started feeling better in more than just a physical sense.

That was one of my biggest reasons for getting involved in the foods industry. I want to remind people that you can contribute to a better tomorrow for ourselves. Treat your body well, take time in the day to clear your mind and your soul with feel satisfied.

Question #2: If you were stranded on a desert island and were allowed to take only 5 items with you (they can be food, books or specific products that are all health-related), what would they be and why?

1. Tigernuts
2. Water filter
3. Photos of my loved ones
4. Toothbrush
5.Yoga mat–Any time, any place..stop drop and yoga. This would definitely be on a top 5 necessity list for life. Also, I’m sure if I were on a desert island a yoga mat could comfortably double as a cushion for sleep. haha.

Question #3: What one message do you want to share with the people of this world that is crucial for their ultimate well-being and longevity?

We all live our own personal story. What we add and take out of it is up to us, so we have the power to close our own chapters and write our own introductions.. Keeping that in mind, look for things to smile about, remind yourself daily of what you have and live gratefully.

Question #4: If someone could afford to purchase only one product at this moment to start their journey towards better health (food or health-related), what would you recommend and why?

A nice blender goes a long way. I’ve been experimenting so much lately with my own fruit smoothies and TigerNuts, that I’ve been soaking at home. They’ve been turning out great and my son also enjoys the entertainment of the colors. Very versatile invention in the sense of what you can make in it. I also believe that having fun while you make food gives you the best recipes. Splurge on a nice blender, save so much in the long run!

Question #5: Tell me more about your business/company and/or products you offer to the public to help them achieve optimal health and well-being?

Organic Gemini is on a mission to share the beneficial beauty of earth’s ancient super root, the TigerNut. Our company is only 1 year young, but it’s been a constant cycle and mission to spread our love through Organic living. We’ve found multiple functionalities to incorporate Organic TigerNuts into your daily living, and the best part is how much fun we’ve had doing so. We offer Cold-Pressed Horchata, Flour, Oil and Granola, along with demonstrations and a verbal education on how to use our products in day to day cooking. To me, education is most important..especially when you set out to talk about a vegetable with such traditionally cheeky name.

Question #6: What are your hopes/aspirations/dreams for the future health of the people and the planet?

My dreams for the planet all come down to Proactive Awareness and Empowerment of the people through nutrient dense diet. Together, with those things we can start a movement in ourselves and in our community. Positivity spreads!

Question #7: Who is your greatest hero and why?

My greatest hero is my husband, who also happens to be my business partner. I find new inspiration through him daily and he reminds me why we’re on this journey to support something we truly believe in.

Question #8: Is there anything else you would like to share with the public?

I am already saying way more than I’d normally do.

Question #9: I know that there are variables as to how much food/calories each person consumes when eating raw vegan food (based on many lifestyle factors, etc), but is there a basic guideline you would recommend for everyone?

There is no such thing as the best diet – Follow your intuition like our ancestors did. Listen to your body, note how you feel after you eat certain foods.

As an added bonus, I have asked some questions of employees who work at the company: Robert Gleyberman, Assistant to Director of Operations; Chris, E-commerce and Demo Coordinator and Ludovica Vigliardi Paravia, PR Representative and Europe Sales Coordinator at Organic Gemini

Question #1: How did you come to work for this company?

Robert: I came to work for this company by odd chance. I was perusing Craigslist for an interesting job and stumbled upon Organic Gemini. I have a degree in biology and have always been interested in health, so I thought that this would be a natural fit- and it is!

Chris: I was at Whole Foods and the TigerNut Horchata packaging caught my eye, I beelined for it. A few days later I met someone who worked at Organic Gemini and she asked me if I would like to be a brand ambassador for them. It was more than just a coincidence! A month later, I asked her if my fiancee could come onboard too!

Ludovica: I met Mariam Kinkladze when we were both students at Columbia University. Mariam was looking for a PR representative to help increase media exposure for Organic Gemini and, since I truly believed in her company from day 1 and already had experience in PR, she offered me this incredible opportunity.

Question #2: What has been your own personal “health” journey and what do you
foresee for the future?

Robert: My personal health journey started last fall when I wanted to get fit for a vacation to Aruba. Long story short, almost 7 months later I still continue to work out everyday and make smarter food choices. Organic Gemini’s products have done nothing but accelerate my journey, as my immune system has seen an improvement thanks to all of the probiotics that I have been consuming. I foresee the future as being filled with even better choices regarding health and I cannot wait to continue my journey.

Chris: I am beyond excited about our new TigerNut Horchata+ Green. It’s a wonderful way to get in a healthy dose of powerful green veggies each day. I felt and looked my best when I was making green smoothies in the morning, but I had to add in a fruit to make it taste enjoyable. Our new green horchata is perfect for people like me who want to eat the most powerful green veggies but still be delicious!

Ludovica: I always loved to workout and eat healthy food. However, working for Organic Gemini, has made me more aware of the foods that have healing properties and the foods that we should avoid. When I first started working for Organic Gemini I did not know what a TigerNut was and where it was grown. Now, I can’t stop eating them and I am so happy to have found such a nutrient dense food rich in fiber!

For more information about this company and all the products they sell, go to: http://www.organicgemini.com

Also check out the video review of their products on my youtube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

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