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Issue 39: The Language of Raw Food

Before embarking on the raw food journey, it might be wise to explore some of the lingo associated with it. Here is a short list of some terms you may encounter:

Raw foodists or Rawists: those who thrive on the live energy of raw foods

Living Food Diet or the Raw Food Diet: a diet made up of organic, natural plant foods

Natural Hygiene: is a science of health and its advocates are called “natural hygienists”—most of whom follow a raw foods diet

Fruitarianism: is the practice of a diet that excludes everything but fruit, seeds, and certain vegetables.

Raw veganism: is the practice of a diet that disallows consumption of all animal products but allows for uncooked fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and sprouted grains and legumes in the diet

Raw vegetarianism: is the practice of a diet that excludes all animal flesh, including poultry, game, fish, shellfish or crustaceans; vegetarianism allows for uncooked fruit, vegetables, sprouts, nuts, seeds, grains, legumes, dairy, eggs and honey in the diet

Sproutarianism: allows for mainly sprouted seeds in the diet

Dehydration: is the process of heating foods at a maximum temperature of 100-120 degrees.  This supposedly preserves digestive enzymes and increases the life of the food.

Living foods: foods which still have live enzymes circulating in them

Raw food: food that is grown and eaten in its uncooked form

Enzymes: catalyzed proteins that break down food so that the organism can absorb it; raw foodists say that raw foods are packed with enzymes

Sprouting: involves soaking seeds, nuts or beans for several hours until the food begins to develop a tail-like protrusion on one end


This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your health care professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.

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