Raw food is basically food that hasn't been heated above 117 degrees Fahrenheit or 48 degree centigrade. It's important to know, we're referencing FOOD temperature, not air temperature. This usually means uncooked foods, or more specifically, foods in their natural state.
We are all familiar with foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. These are all safe to eat raw. But there are also a ton of raw foods both within these particular food groups and also many more outside of these, that may be new to you. Check out Excalibur's Recipe Section or some of our Raw Food Cookbooks. Our Top Selling Cookbook and Raw Food Reference Manual is Preserve It Naturally.
A raw diet or raw foods diet is packed with living nutrients that provide antioxidants, essential fats, protein and many other nourishing elements that your body needs to stay strong and energized and to facilitate optimal health. Some raw food and holistic nutritionists do recommend adding supplements for Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D.
“Raw food” literally means “uncooked”. You may also have heard the term “living” or “live” food. These terms are used interchangeably with “raw” because it sounds much more appealing but technically the term should really only be applied to those foods that are still alive and growing, like sprouted beans and seeds, and the foods which are commonly referred to as “indoor greens” such as wheatgrass, sunflower greens and pea greens.
Raw Food is raw. It hasn’t been cooked or freeze dried, it still has everything that enabled it to grow in the first place. There are no hidden ingredients. It's simply pure, delicious, fresh, live food that we were made to eat. LIVING food for our LIVING bodies. By introducing raw food into your daily diet regimen, you will feel energized, you will begin to look more "alive" and the idea or concept of what real food is, starts to take on a whole new meaning.