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Why Raw Protein?

Why Raw Protein?
January 17, 2014 Sprout Living
Why Raw Protein
With all the buzz going on about raw foods, many people wonder if and why raw protein is the way to go. Because it can be difficult to get certain nutrients from raw plant sources, there is a common misconception that eating raw foods exclusively can be detrimental to your health. However, while a raw diet can take a lot of focus and dedication, ingesting raw protein has many benefits that are well worth the effort!

Why Eat Raw Protein?

The first bonus of raw protein is that raw products lack heat treatment. In order for a product to be considered raw, the temperature of the food cannot reach 118 degrees fahrenheit or more. When food is treated with heat, many important vitamins and minerals are considerably depleted. Heat kills enzymes in food as well, which our bodies need in order to properly digest and absorb nutrients. Not only that, but cooking food at high temperatures may even produce toxic protein-derivatives that can harm the body.

When food is treated with heat, many important vitamins and minerals are considerably depleted. Heat kills enzymes in food as well, which our bodies need in order to properly digest and absorb nutrients.

Raw Food Sources

While getting raw protein from raw meats can be very dangerous, there are countless plant based protein sources that can offer more digestible proteins. Raw protein powders are often made of all-natural plant-based ingredients with 100% organic, untreated amino acids and nutrients, providing the body with the basic nutritional requirements it needs. Other non-raw protein supplements and powders, such as whey and soy, can congest the body and disturb digestion or introduce anti-nutrients to your system.

Reasons to Go Raw

There are also philosophical and spiritual reasons to go raw, even just for protein. Many people follow raw diets in order to connect themselves more deeply to the earth, eating food the way that nature provides it. In fact, humans are the only animal on the planet that cooks its protein before eating it. Because of this, followers of the raw diet believe that eating raw is the most natural way of life. Additionally, raw dieters often feel far more energetic and healthy, largely because of the kinds of protein they’re ingesting. While protein is equated with energy in any diet, many sources that are high in protein actually make us feel tired, slowing our bodies down and making digestion difficult. Eating raw protein sources, including protein powders, will not only provide your body with raw, energizing proteins, vitamins and minerals, but will also aid digestion, making sure your body is absorbing as many nutrients as possible.

Eating raw protein sources provides your body with raw, energizing proteins, vitamins and minerals, but will also aid digestion, making sure your body is absorbing as many nutrients as possible.

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Sources:

  • https://www.howweheal.com/protein.htm
  • https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/guide/raw-food-diet

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