According to Healthline, true supporters of the raw food diet believe that cooking our food is detrimental to our overall health because it destroys natural enzymes causing food to be less nutritious. But, this is not a medical claim and research has proved that both cooked and raw food are equally as healthy.
Still, those who follow the raw food diet swear by its benefits, which they say include increased energy, weight loss, help with chronic illnesses, higher vitality, and overall wellness. Medical News Today says that the main components of a raw food diet include raw fruits and vegetables, fresh fruit and juices, nut and coconut milk, raw nut butter, raw seeds, seaweed, nutritional yeast, sprouted beans and grains, wheatgrass, and fermented food like kimchi and sauerkraut. Some dieters also add raw eggs, sushi and sashimi, and dried meat to their menu. And while this sounds healthy, there are a lot of risk factors that coincide with consuming an all-raw diet.