Plant-based and raw plant-based diets

Plant-based vs Raw Plant-Based Diets. How to Choose the Best One for You?

If you are unsure about the differences between plant-based and raw plant-based diets then these words below will help you.

One thing is for sure: they are twins. Both are based on vegetables and fruits, grains and legumes, mainly. Both diets involve a large reduction in animal protein. But definitely, they´re not the same. Differences lie in their pros and cons and in the way they are processed. Or unprocessed.

What makes the difference is how nutrients and vitamins can be preserved to the fullest.

For a raw vegetarian diet, cooking is detrimental to the food. It decreases or even eliminates its nutrients and vitamins.   But vegetarians, let's say "classics," don't think so.

So here's the big issue: to cook or not to cook the food. The controversy begins.

Some argue that raw food has health benefits. Others reply that 800,000 years ago Paleolithic people already roasted their veggies.

Vegetarian plate

Vegetarians: a classic

Vegetarian diets, as we all know, propose dishes based on vegetables, grains, and fruits. Foods are either raw or cooked. It does not include any meat, poultry or seafood -though some vegetarians choose to include animal- products such as eggs or milk.

Raw Vegetarian

A Raw Vegetarian Wave

But raw vegetarian fans have a claim: by cooking food we eliminate or reduce many nutrients and vitamins that do remain if we do not process vegetables. Or, if we do, it should not be more than 118 degrees Fahrenheit -think about steaming, for instance.

This diet is based on vegetables, grains, fruits, and, sometimes, raw eggs.

Best of both diets

Vegetarian diet

Raw vegetarian diet 

Raw diet supporters think food loses properties when cooked. A missed opportunity, they say, to increase energy, enjoy clearer skin, lose weight and reduce the risk of some diseases

It is essential to get a doctor´s or expert nutritionist’s advice before going on a raw vegan diet. Especially people with a history of eating disorders or those who are underweight.

Avocado, banana and tomato toast

How to combine foods

No matter which side you're on. To choose your menus, you must know how to make a good combination of foods, so you must know which are the best combinations.

Remember, for instance, not to combine fats and sweets or different types of fats. Avoid mixing sweet and sour fruits. And avoid combining acids with starch.

Plenty to choose from

There are many types of vegetarian recipes and menus, both raw plant-based and “classic”. Whether you are a vegetarian or a raw vegetarian, salads are a perfect choice: they can have vegetables, tomatoes, seeds and avocados. This way, you’ll be getting the best of both worlds.

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Peter O Brien

Peter started out his professional life as a restaurant critic but ended up moving to the kitchen, realizing that his passion didn’t only lie in tasting the food, but MAKING it. Follow his delicious recipes, as well as useful articles about the many benefits healthy and delicious food will bring to your life.+ info

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