So you may have heard of Raw Food or Raw Foodism and wondered “What on earth is it? Why should I eat food raw?”
Vegan London describes Raw Foodism as ‘a lifestyle promoting the consumption of uncooked, unprocessed and often organic foods that have not been heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius) as a large percentage of the diet.’
The History of Raw Foodism
The concept of Raw Food was first pioneered in Switzerland by Swiss physician and nutritionist Maximilian Bircher-Benner, who is more widely recognised as the developer of Muesli. Influenced by the theories of Charles Darwin in the mid-19th Century linking humans to other animals in nature; Dr Bircher-Benner, noting that other animals do not cook food, asserted that humans should follow suit.
In 1904, Dr Bircher-Benner opened a sanatorium called “Lebendinge Kraft” (translated “Vital Force”) outside Zurich in Switzerland. His promoted to his patients a diet of raw food, such as the Muesli which was created there.
What’s wrong with cooked food?
Some scientists suggest that cooking food can negatively affect its nutritional benefit and potentially result in ill health for the consumer. In an article entitled “Why You Should Only Eat Raw Foods”, Dr Bernarr (D.C., D.D.) claims that when food is cooked for three or more minutes, vital nutritional elements such as proteins, sugars and natural fibres break down, meaning they stay longer in the intestinal tract.
He states that, upon cooking, ’30-50% of its vitamins and mineral have been destroyed and 100% of its enzymes have been destroyed’ Our bodies require enzymes for every bodily function, be it walking or breathing or digesting food. Whilst the body has its own supply of enzymes, it also relies on enzymes from foods to avoid becoming overworked and exhausting the body’s energy supply.
But worse than this, some poisonous inorganic acids are formed. Pesticides can be reformed into more toxic compounds, causing a loss of oxygen and the production of free radicals, which some contend may lead to cancer.
HOWEVER, that is not to say that all foods must be consumed in their raw states. We must cook certain foods in order for them to be safe for consumption, such as raw meats or fish.
The Health Benefits of Raw Food
To start with, raw foods are easily digested and travel faster through the digestive tract; this reduces the risk of decomposition and disease. It is also argued that raw foods will provide you with more strength, energy and stamina – both physically and mentally – due to its increased nutritional content. Some have even claimed that raw foods can reduce allergies and body odours; although this is yet to be scientifically proven.
What Raw Food do you offer at TWID?
Our TWID restaurant near Clapham Junction in Wandsworth offers a selection of Raw Vegan and Vegetarian dinner options, including:
– Quinoa Stuffed Mushroom with Superfood Salad, Pine Nuts and Basil
– Kimchi – Fermented Cabbage, Kale and Chilli Flakes
– Raw Vegan Sushi Terrine of Nori, Miso, Avocado and Organic Soy Sauce
– Aubergine with Goats Cheese and Walnuts
And if you’re interested in dessert, we have a variety of Raw Vegan Desserts which are made from premium Raw Organic produce, including:
– Strawberry Cheesecake
– Carrot Cake
– Chocolate Cake
– Mango Cheesecake
To look at our full menu, please visit the “Food Menu” section of our website.