Imagine a meal prep that wasn’t followed by any cooking. That’s what a raw vegan diet looks like. A raw vegan meal is void of much more than just animal products. It also gives up the heating process. To eat like a raw vegan, one must eat foods uncooked or exclusively heated below 118°F.
Sound kind of archaic? Maybe. But there’s reasoning behind consuming foods in their purest form. “Eating things in the raw state helps to protect the nutrient contents,” says Debbie Petitpain, MS, RDN, a media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. When some foods are cooked or boiled, they can often lose water-soluble nutrients, like vitamin C and potassium. Keeping heat to a minimum can help preserve them.
Aside from preserving nutrients, Petitpain also says that a raw vegan diet can encourage you to add more nutrients and veggies to your diet, which are full