Raw Snacks – Healthier Snacks?

Food fads come and go – falling in and out of fashion depending on which celebrities are following them and how many books have just been written about them.  But as we think about immunity this month, in particular how to avoid the inevitable cold and flu bugs, is a raw food diet a good way to go?

The raw food diet is becoming increasingly popular with raw food pop up restaurants, cook books, and of course, many raw healthy snacks delivered in the Nutribox.  For those who follow it they believe it helps them achieve better energy, a clearer head, and better health.  If you’re trying to fend off the winter cold and flu bugs that are doing the rounds of the office the raw food diet could be one to try.  Because the food isn’t heated many vitamins, enzymes and other nutrients that are destroyed by the cooking process remain.  But unfortunately you miss out on other nutrients that actually rely on the cooking process to make them available – beta carotene (a source of vitamin A) is bound up with the dietary fibre in vegetables like carrots and cooking actually makes it easier for your body to absorb.

There are also food habits to overcome – in the UK we tend to be more inclined to come home to a tasty hot meal on a dark rainy evening, rather than a salad.  But is this just an excuse not to embrace what can be a very healthy way of eating?

Like any diet or lifestyle you can do raw food well or badly.  One of the criticisms is that it can result in you missing out major food groups like meat and wholegrains (generally both better cooked).  It can be more challenging to find adequate sources of protein on a raw food diet.  But like any diet it’s a case of looking for the substitutes and using them well – nuts and seeds and a number of different vegetables can be used to provide vital amino acids, for example.

When you’re thinking about immune function the raw food diet ticks a number of boxes.  With adequate nuts, seeds and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables it can provide minerals like zinc and vitamins like B vitamins which are needed to keep our immune system working well.  One of the reasons we include so many raw snacks in the Nutribox is because we know it helps maintain the nutritional content of the great ingredients used to make them.

But to really reap the benefits you have to make sure you are eating a wide variety of foods – that’s advice that applies whatever diet or lifestyle you’re following.  Not only can eating too much of the same things potentially lead to food sensitivities and immune reactions, it can prevent you getting the wide range of nutrients your body needs to function optimally.

If you want take just a step in the raw food direction the Nutribox can help by delivering a range of gluten free snacks, many of which qualify as raw foods. To find out more click here

Thanks to mcclink.com for the great image for this post!

  • Ann White
  • 05 Nov 2013

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