What were our diets like before the introduction of fire? Well, if you’re part of the raw food movement, you’ll know that the raw food diet was likely very similar to that of our Palaeolithic predecessors.
Raw food, which is defined as anything that is uncooked or not heated above 42°C, includes foods such as fruits, nuts, herbs, grains, sea vegetables and seeds (Shazzie, 2013). Enthusiasts of the raw food diet claim that by adopting this type of lifestyle they experience increased energy, sustain a healthy weight and generally feel happier (Wong, 2013).
However, abiding by a 100 per cent raw food diet can cause difficulties beyond social situations. Raw foodies will probably require nutrient supplements such as iron and calcium which may be lost when following such a strict diet. A lot of raw food fans have integrated the diet into their regular eating habits to the extent that they eat the raw food way at least 75 per cent of the time (Shazzie, 2013).
It may be extreme, but it’s a healthy reminder that we can survive without many of the foods we rely on, and that incorporating more fruit and veg into our meals can help us feel happier in our daily lives.
At Eurest, we encourage healthy eating whatever approach you take and provide full GDA information about our meals so people can make informed choices. We have also implemented a new food concept called ‘whole + sum’ where a meal is made up of three delicious mix-and-match items where no whole meal equals more than 500 calories.
The raw — but palatable — truth is that eating healthily makes us feel better and happier; we’ll raise a carrot juice to that.
Wong, C ‘Raw food diet’ [online], About.com guide, http://www.balancedconcepts.net/Raw_Food_Diet.pdf (Accessed 24 September 2013).
Shazzie (2013) ‘Health benefits of a raw food diet’, Female First, 23 September 2013 [online], http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/health/health-benefits-of-a-raw-food-diet-340863.html (Accessed 24 September 2013).