Raw food diet: a technique effective but controversial

October 28, 2007

 raw food diet
   According to the philosophy of the raw food diet, most of the diet should be raw, uncooked food. Adhere to a raw food diet mainly vegetarian and raw food diet is a vegetarian now and we'll talk.

Raw food diet follower should consist of raw products by at least 75%. It is believed that only under this condition, the body can get rid of toxins and toxins accumulate new. When heating the product to temperatures above 50 ° C are degradative enzymes, facilitate digestion. Heat treatment also reduces the nutritional value of food, and causes chemical changes in them, which can lead to the formation of carcinogens, mutagens, free radicals and other substances that can cause various diseases, from arthritis to heart disease Heart disease and heart attacks: that every woman should know  Heart disease and heart attacks: that every woman should know
   and cancer.

 Raw food diet: a technique effective but controversial

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Furthermore, much attention is paid to raw food pH level foods. It is believed that the crude products are mostly alkaline, and processed in some way - acid. Many physicians agree that the pH balance of the blood is one of the most important parameters in biochemistry. The more hydrogenous substance ions can absorb, the higher the pH, the more it is alkaline. Accordingly, acidic foods have low pH and lower capacity to absorb hydrogenic ions. The pH of human blood is usually about 7.0-7.2 - slightly above neutral indicator indicating a slightly alkaline environment.

Proponents of the raw food diet believe that the direct impact on the pH level in the body has what one eats and drinks. Most processes in the body takes place with the participation of alkali, so it is assumed that the human health need alkaline foods.

According to popular myth, transition to a raw food diet requires lengthy preparation. In fact this is not true. No need to immediately start eating only raw food, but it replaced 75% of the diet can, starting right now. Post to adhere to such a diet is much harder than to continue.

 Raw food diet: a technique effective but controversial

The diet can include:

  • Legumes
  • Dried fruits
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Fresh fruit and vegetable juices
  • Cereals
  • Nuts
  • Seaweed
  • Seeds

Some vegetarians who hold raw food, also eat dairy products and eggs, while others completely abandon these products. People who follow this diet, quickly normalized and stabilized weight. In addition, they claim that a raw food diet gives you a burst of energy, improves skin condition, prevents many diseases, allowing for control of certain chronic diseases. However, in raw food is not only the positive side.

First, the enormous effort of will required to feed this way. If failure does occur, the person may, within a short time gain a lot of extra kilos. Moreover, at constant eating raw products may have problems with digestion. It is believed that when the body gets used to the new diet, these problems disappear, but the "convert raw foodists" have for several weeks or even months to suffer from diarrhea, bloating Bloating - if you are bursting inside  Bloating - if you are bursting inside
   and increased gas production.

 Raw food diet: a technique effective but controversial

Beware of potentially dangerous products

The raw beans contain a substance phytohemagglutinin; raw bean sprouts and it is toxic.

The alfalfa sprouts contain a toxin canavanine.

Raw egg - in proteins soderditsya avadin raw eggs, which is an inhibitor of vitamin B7. Boiled or fried eggs this substance is inactive. The use of twenty-four raw proteins can deactivate vitamin B7. Furthermore, in some eggs present bacterium Salmonella Salmonella: unknown facts  Salmonella: unknown facts
 . In the heat treatment, it dies, and in the use of raw eggs infected can cause serious disease.

The raw milk is sometimes present bacterium Mycobacteria bovis, which can cause extrapulmonary tuberculosis Tuberculosis - a full recovery is not guaranteed  Tuberculosis - a full recovery is not guaranteed

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Low-carb diet - a charlatan or a scientific method?

July 11, 2010

  • Low-carb diet - a charlatan or a scientific method?
  • Operating principle

 low-carb diet
 Low-carb diet is based on restricting the consumption of carbohydrates (cereals, vegetables and fruit with high starch content) due to increased consumption of protein and fat. There are several varieties of low-carb diets, differing restrictions on the type and amount of carbohydrates consumed.


Purpose low-carb diets

Low-carb diet is commonly used for weight loss. According to nutritionists, some low-carb diets, including the Atkins diet, in addition to the elimination of excess weight are also good for your health, because it reduces the risk of heart disease, certain cancers, hypertension, diabetes mellitus and metabolic syndrome. Most of diet - not only the low-carb diet - contribute to lowering cholesterol and blood sugar Blood sugar - a very important indicator  Blood sugar - a very important indicator
 At least for a while. Low-carb diet improves HDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels a little more than a diet high in carbohydrates. However, it is important not so much the amount of carbohydrates consumed much of their quality, that is the source. Whole grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits and low-fat dairy products, tend to be much healthier than candy, white bread and rice, potato chips and other carbohydrate sources nanaturalnye.


This low-carb diet is recommended

Low-carb diet is recommended for those who:

  • wants to change the eating habits;
  • prefer products provided low-carb diet;
  • looking for a weight loss diet that restricts the intake of certain carbohydrates;
  • seeks to improve overall health.

Before embarking on any diet, consult your doctor, especially if you have chronic diseases, including diabetes Diabetes - threatening and incurable disease  Diabetes - threatening and incurable disease


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As the name suggests, low-carb diet limits the amount of carbohydrates consumed. Carbohydrates - a type of nutrients that are found in many foods and beverages. Most carbohydrates occur naturally in plant foods such as cereals. The finished food contains carbohydrates in the form of starch or sugar.

Natural sources of carbohydrates:

  • fruit;
  • vegetables;
  • milk;
  • nuts;
  • cereals;
  • seeds;
  • legumes.

Our body uses carbohydrates as the main energy source. In the process of digestion, and starch sugar converted to monosaccharides which are then fed into the blood stream (blood sugar (glucose) in the blood). With glucose blood flow is distributed to all the cells of the organism, which penetrates via insulin. Some glucose is used by the body to produce the energy needed for life (for intense exercise and to perform vital functions, including breathing). Additional glucose is stored in the liver, muscle and other cells for later use or is converted into fat.

Scientific rationale low carbohydrate diets is that insulin promotes the use of sugars to provide energy, thereby preventing the breakdown of fats in the body. Proponents of low-carb diets believe that a reduction in the consumption of carbohydrates leads to a decrease in insulin levels. As a result, the body is forced to burn stored fat for energy, which ultimately helps to lose weight How to lose weight - basic principles  How to lose weight - basic principles
   and reduce the risk of various diseases.


A typical low-carb diet menu

In general, the emphasis of the low-carb diet is made on the use of the protein, ie meat, poultry, fish, eggs and some vegetables with low or no starch content. Low-carb diet is usually excludes or limits the consumption of cereals, beans, fruit, white bread, sweets, pasta and starchy vegetables, and sometimes nuts and seeds. Daily limit carbohydrates in the low-carb diet is 50 to 150 grams. Some low-carb diets drastically limit the intake of carbohydrates in the initial stage of the diet, and then gradually increase the amount of carbohydrates allowed.


Risks and side effects of low-carb diets

The sharp and significant reduction of carbohydrates in the diet can lead to various temporary side effects, including:

  • headache;
  • dizziness;
  • weakness;
  • fatigue;
  • constipation.

In addition, some low-carb diets restrict carbohydrate intake so that can lead to nutritional deficiencies (vitamin deficiency), which is fraught with problems such as constipation, diarrhea and nausea. Some low-carbohydrate diets, such as the Atkins diet, provide the additional consumption of salt (in small amounts), and vitamins or dietary supplements Food additives - basic classification  Food additives - basic classification
 To prevent side effects.

Furthermore, it is known that a sharp reduction in the consumption of carbohydrates to less than twenty grams per day can lead to ketosis. Ketosis - a condition in which the blood increased levels of ketone bodies (monosaccharides, the product of fat digestion). Ketosis occurs when the body does not have enough sugar (glucose) for energy, and it breaks down fat, which leads to increased levels of ketones. Manifestations of ketosis can be nausea, headache, mental fatigue and bad breath.