Raw Food Diets

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

raw-food-dietsRaw Food Diets describe a number of diet plans based on eating Raw Foods. Generally these diets are plant-based, and are comprised of at least 75% raw food. Apparently raw foods contain the enzymes that are thought to be removed during the cooking process.

What is Raw Raw Food?

A raw food diet is generally made up fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouted seeds and grains, dried fruit and juices, rolled or flaked grains, herbs and spices.

Some people add cooked grains and legumes, good quality fish and poultry (although a number “raw food-ers” are strict vegans).

Popular Raw Food Based Diets


12 Steps to Raw FoodsHelps readers to avoid the pitfalls of adjusting to a raw food diet as well as to maintain this way of eating as a long-term lifestyle.
28 Day Raw DetoxA cleansing program that is based on a raw vegan diet in combination with a variety of whole food nutritional supplements. It will appeal to anyone who wants to learn more about the raw food diet or get a kick-start on a healthy lifestyle weight loss program.
300 Raw Food RecipesRaw Food For Everyone is a recipe book containing a bountiful selection of recipes, a primer of raw food preparation methods, and a comprehensive guide to the ingredients that are used in raw food cuisine.
80 10 10 DietA raw food version of a low fat plant based diet, similar to that popularized by Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. Doug McDougall.
Ani Phyo Raw Food AsiaA raw food cookbook offering readers a unique and tasty selection of Asian American Fusion recipes.
Beyond Broccoli: Vegan Raw Diet DeficienciesHighlights the potential problems with vegan and vegetarian diets, including the nutritional deficiencies that may arise when these diets are followed for an extensive period.
Crazy Sexy DietA low-fat, vegetarian – or better yet, vegan – program that emphasizes balancing your body’s pH by eating more lush whole foods, low-glycemic fruits, raw veggies, alkalizing green drinks, and super-powered green smoothies.
Drie’s Cancer DietA raw diet that is designed to help your body fight cancer.
Eating For BeautyRaw food advocate David Wolfe outlines his recommendations for a diet that will cleanse and nourish the body as well as increase beauty.
Eating In the RawWritten by supermodel Carol Alt who says that now in her late forties she claims that she is at the healthiest, slimmest and most energetic that she has ever been due to a raw food diet.
Fruitarian DietFruitarianism: The path to paradise is written by Anne Osborne who is a long term fruitarian. For eighteen years Obsorne has eaten only fruit and has also raised her two children on a fruit diet.
Gabriel MethodNot a strictly Raw Food Diet but has a strong raw food emphasis.
Going RawA practical guide to getting started eating raw and setting up a raw food kitchen.
Green Smoothie Recipes200 recipes and guidelines for making delicious raw green smoothies.
Hallelujah DietThe diet is fundamentally a vegan raw food diet. The basic guidelines of the diet are simple: consume 85% raw foods and 15% cooked foods.
Juice Lady: Turbo Juice DietA weight loss plan that emphasizes fresh vegetable juices and raw foods. This juice diet will appeal to dieters who are interested in improving their health and nutritional intake
Instinctive NutritionBased on eating raw foods that instinctively appeal to us. It can renew health and vitality, alleviate chronic illness and promote weight loss.
Lazy Raw Foodist’s GuideProvides readers with information to help them incorporate a nutritionally balanced raw food diet into a busy lifestyle. It also includes food selection, cleansing and detoxification, kitchen equipment and psychological factors associated with eating raw foods.
Live Food FactorReferred to as the encyclopedia of the raw food diet, outlines the theory and practice of eating a diet based on uncooked foods and highlights the variety of benefits.
Liver Cleansing DietThis liver detox diet is raw foods based.
Metabolism DietMostly raw or slightly cooked approach based on your metabolism type.
Mucusless DietFocuses on healing the body using only vegatables. Which can be consumed raw.
NeanderthinA Paleolithic diet based on what a caveman would eat which was basically raw food based.
Quantum EatingAn advanced level in the raw food lifestyle where you eat a 100% raw food diet with two meals a day that are taken in the first part of the day.
Raw Food CleanseAn introduction to the benefits of a raw food diet and includes a selection of cleanses ranging from 3 to 28 days.
Raw Food Detox DietWritten by nutritionist Natalia Rose as a guide to help those who wish to gradually transition into a raw food diet.
Raw Food For Real PeopleBy Chef Rod Rotundi, aims to demonstrate that preparing raw foods doesn’t have to be hard and a raw food diet can be a fun and delicious way to eat.
Raw Food RevolutionThis diet will help you to lose weight, gain energy and feel younger while feasting on foods that nourish your body and delight your senses.
The RemedySupa Nova introduces readers to the benefits of a healthy diet with an emphasis on a high intake of raw foods and green juices. It includes a five-day cleanse and a five-week program that allows for a gradual adjustment from a standard way of eating to a raw vegan diet.
Sunfood DietA raw vegan diet that contains a balanced intake of green vegetables, sweet fruits and plant-based fats. These foods make up 80% of the diet with the remaining 20% coming from other raw foods or any other foods that one feels is appropriate for them.
Your Natural DietSince the natural diet of human beings was composed of raw fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts and as such they advocate a diet composed entirely of raw plant foods.
Raw Food Benefits and Recipes

Raw Food for Weight Loss

Weight loss is almost a certainty on this diet, due to it’s vast differences to the conventional Western diet. Calorie and carbohydrate intake are reduced leading to weight loss. It is hard to overeat on a diet due to the high water and fiber content – another reason why weight loss may occur.

This diet can be very challenging to follow, particularly from a social and shopping perspective. However cooking time can be reduced!

Protein can be low unless appropriate levels of legumes, nuts, and seeds are eaten.

Generally a good diet, but potentially difficult to sustain. Proponents of the diet claim the diet has anti-aging properties.

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
Last Reviewed: July 9, 2014
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