Raw Food Restaurants

By Kirsten E. Silven - 06 Mar 2011 9:46:0 GMT
Raw Food Restaurants

For those people keeping up with the latest trends in fine dining, it has been hard to ignore the increase in popular raw food restaurants opening up. For years many healthy individuals have been sticking to a diet that consists of raw food, and now many more health conscious people are finding the benefits of this type of diet for themselves.

If you are new to the concept of raw food dining, here is what all the fuss is about: Raw food dining features meals that have been prepared in a way that helps them retain the highest amount of minerals, vitamins and other nutrients.

The preparation can consist of heating foods to only around ten degrees warmer than human body temperature. By cooking in this manner all of the enzymes are kept alive and well, especially when compared to steaming, or worse yet, boiling produce. The higher the amount of nutrients, the more your body will get out of the food.

There are many health benefits to be gained from living on a raw diet, although some research has also shown that it can lead to a higher risk of osteoporosis. To help compensate for this many individuals like to combine a raw diet in with a regular, balanced diet to get the best from both worlds.

The raw diet concept found movement in the 1990s when the United States began to see a large number of people who had grasped onto the idea of eating more raw produce. There is a good following in New York, LA and San Francisco, which have had an established raw food restaurant scene for many years.

The concept is slowly filtering into other parts of the world, with London being one of the latest cities to embrace the idea. Cooking and food preparation involves the dehydration of raw foods, as well as soaking, blending and sprouting. You will not find the need for cookers, steamers or microwaves in the kitchen of this exclusive type of dining establishment.

Taking the plunge into a full raw nutritional lifestyle takes time. It is recommended that you allow yourself time to adjust. Your taste buds and body will slowly become trained to start craving fresher, healthier foods.