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What does raw mean?

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Our nākd. raw bars are made with the finest fruits and nuts cold pressed together to make the delicious vegan snack bars you know and love! But what does raw mean, and why does this way of preparing food make for a delicious, nutritional snack? This blog will tell you everything you need to know about raw foods so that you can understand the process behind one of your favourite nākd. treats!

What does raw mean?

‘Raw food’ simply means food that is unprocessed. This means that it has not been altered in any way during its preparation, and instead is completely natural with its raw state maintained. This helps to preserve its natural goodness so that you get the best out of the food you are eating. Raw also means uncooked, which is usually a term we use to describe meat. However, in the context of the raw diet, it means the food has never been heated over 40–48°C, treated or processed in any way.

What is a raw diet?

The raw food diet, or ‘raw foodism’ means that you only (or majority of the time) eat foods that are unprocessed, untreated and organic. Typically this goes hand in hand with a plant based diet, known as the raw vegan diet.

What are the benefits of a raw vegan diet?

There are many benefits to a raw diet because you are eating foods that have their natural nutrients preserved, which means you are getting a high amount of nutrients into your diet. Some of the health benefits include:

  • Clearer skin – Eating raw foods can have a detoxifying effect on the skin, which can help tackle issues like acne, compared to processed foods which can cause breakouts. It has also been found to help strengthen nails and hair.
  • Lower cholesterolStudies have found that a strict raw diet can help lower cholesterol, but also cause a B12 deficiency so you need to ensure you are still getting your daily B12 intake, such as via vitamin tablets.
  • Improved digestionRaw foods contain natural enzymes that can aid digestion. These enzymes typically break down during the cooking process, therefore are more beneficial in their raw form.
  • Promotes healthy eating – A raw diet can be low in calories, but high in fibre which makes you feel fuller for longer. It is also made up of an abundance of vibrant plant based ingredients which are full of vital vitamins and minerals to help you live a healthier lifestyle.

However, like all vegans, you need to make sure you are getting a good amount of vitamins into your diet, particularly B12 and iron which we typically get from animal products. Also, some foods are not safe to eat raw like buckwheat and kidney beans so make sure to always check when preparing food.

What are raw bars?

Raw bars are typically made with natural ingredients rather than artificial, just like all our nākd. bars are made with 100% natural ingredients with no added sugars or syrups. Typically fruits, nuts and seeds form the basis of a raw bar, which are then cold pressed without heat to bind together. The natural sweeteners of these delicious ingredients is what gives the raw bars their gorgeous flavours. By keeping our bars as close to the original ingredients as possible and only using minimal processing, all of our bars either count as, or contribute toward, 1 of your 5 a day!!

Types of raw foods:

Outside of our delicious nākd. bars there’s a whole array of nutrient rich raw foods for you to add to your raw vegan diet. Here are just a few to help you get started:

1.Raw vegetables – High in fibre and water content, both of which help you feel fuller for longer. They also contain nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that help your body stay healthy.

2. Fruit – Rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that help protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals – chemicals that can cause harm to the body.

3. Coconut – What’s better on a hot day then a refreshing piece of coconut which is a great source of healthy fats and antioxidants. You can also have cold pressed coconut oil as a replacement to refined oils. If you love coconut then try our scrumptious Cocoa Coconut raw bar!

4. Raw nuts and seeds – Not only a great basis for a raw bar, but a delicious snack in their own right! These are nuts and seeds that haven’t been cooked in any way, for example they haven’t been roasted or cooked in salt. They are a great replacement to an unhealthier, artificial snack to promote healthier snacking habits.

5. Raw nut butters – A delicious alternative to a calorific spread, nut butters make for the perfect accompaniment to crackers or whole wheat toast. Cashew or almond nut butters are two of the most popular flavours to try.

6. Seaweed – You can eat seaweed raw and get that gorgeous natural saltiness which means you do need to add any artificial flavouring. However, you should only eat a small amount of seaweed as too much can be harmful.

7. Fermented food – Think your kimchi and your sauerkraut. Fermented foods can not only be preserved for a while so you can keep a batch in your cupboard whenever you need it, but are a type of ‘healthy bacteria’ and source of probiotics which is good for gut health.

8. Nut milk – If you follow a vegan diet then nut milks like almond milk are probably already part of your diet. However, if you are new to the raw diet then switching from dairy to nut milk is a great place to start.

There we have it! By now you should know the answer to the common question, ‘what does raw mean?’. It simply means unprocessed, untreated, uncooked food! Instead the raw food diet enjoys food in their natural state, soaking up all the natural goodness of the produce. This means we can get more nutrients into our body via the food we consume. Luckily for vegans, the raw diet is very similar to a plant based one, meaning you could have been eating raw foods all this time and never realised!

To get started, buy one of our nākd. raw bars today and test the raw food life for yourself!

For even more useful blogs on all things nutrition, read our other articles on The Magical Uses of Oats, Vegan Festival Snacks and Is Chocolate Good For You?

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