It doesn’t matter what kind of consumer you are, as long as you find it important to recognize that all diets are different, from all around the world. For some folk, it can seem intimidating, unhealthy, or even just strange to think about eating uncooked and raw meals; to others, eating raw is a preferred diet, and is not just for vegetarians or vegans. Before building assumptions on raw foods and diets, let’s do some investigating.
Have you ever thought to detox, or give your body a “spring cleaning”? Choosing a raw food diet has been proven to help the body in a some ways. This is because raw foods contain natural enzymes, water, oxygen, hormones, and a lot of the vitamins and minerals that your body needs. Choosing a raw diet also helps you to lose weight because it is usually very high in fiber and does not contain all of those extra calories, fats, and sodium levels found in a non-raw diet.
In Fact, Trying a Raw Diet…
When most people think of eating raw or uncooked food, typically the visuals of raw fish, raw meat, raw eggs, fresh greens and sprouts feed their imaginations. This is all true, but what most people don’t realize is that there are raw prepared dishes, such as the Danish delicacy known as “Noma Salad”, which exist. Meals similar to this lemongrass-flavored ant-covered salad are literally crawling, wiggling, and sometimes even gasping to get your attention.
Time to explore some new and interesting ways to really LIVEN up any raw diet:
CHINA: “Fresh Donkey”
CHINA: “Frog Sashimi”
VIETNAM: Snake Hearts
AUSTRALIA: Insects Galore!
It’s important to note that while some raw foods are extremely beneficial to you and your body, sometimes you just have to keep an extra eye out as they can also become easily contaminated. If raw food just isn’t for you, keep in mind that there are benefits of cooking food. This includes the breaking down of fibers and cellular walls so that nutrients can pass through the body. Cooking carrots enhances the beta-carotene your body craves while cooking tomatoes brings out the lycopene your body needs. Another benefit of cooking is that it can cut certain chemicals or a variety of bacteria which inhibit the absorption of important minerals such as iron, calcium, and protein. Instead of cooking and char-broiling your meals, try steaming or lightly stir-frying your vegetables and meats. That way, they are not entirely raw, but not cooked to the death of enzymes and essential nutrients.
Whether it is sprouting from your garden, wiggling out of the ocean, or resting dead flat on your plate, it seems that the best way to eat your meal is by combining both raw and cooked foods into your diet. Also, be adventurous!
Raw food just isn’t for you? Here are some amped up and extremely exotic cooked meals to try:
FRANCE: “Ortolan Bird”
VENEZUELA: Chicken Heart
So, which dish are you going to explore first?!
I am a recent graduate from Grand Valley State University where I studied Film/Video and Anthropology. My goal is to serve the world with communication of and about other cultures; the many different practices, alternatives to cooking and medicine, and to enlighten those who may have suffered from xenophobia.
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