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What percentage of your diet is raw?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created April 20, 2011 at 2:47 AM

For a while, I ate almost exclusively cooked food. Meat, fish, nuts, veggies, etc. All cooked. Barely anything normally left raw: salad greens, fruit, and so on. Recently though, I've been trying to incorporate more raw food.

I started eating a light lunch when I'm hungry for it made up of something like a bowl of lettuce, a handful of raw brazil nuts, and a banana. Seems to be working pretty well. Satiating, tastes good, etc. Feels clean and everything.

So the question. What percentage of your diet is raw? And while I'm at it, what do you normally leave raw? The obvious answers would be fruit, salad greens, and so forth. Anything else? Or just those? And why? Do you have any reasoning behind what you leave raw, how much raw food you incorporate in your diet, and so on?

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

almost forgot proscuitto!

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on April 21, 2011
at 02:37 PM

I typically slow cook meat, so that it's super easy to eat. For my meat meal (shredded beef, sour cream, guac), it takes about 5-10 minutes to eat. For a big salad, it takes about 40 minutes. Maybe that's because I don't like salads that much though.

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on April 21, 2011
at 02:26 PM

Doesn't a big salad take no more time to chew than a tough cut of meat? Actually doesn't it take LESS time? From my experience, a big bowl of lettuce is pretty easy to chew.

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on April 21, 2011
at 02:25 PM

@Dr. K: I mean something not cooked. If 50% of my diet is raw, that means 50% of the food I eat isn't cooked. Starts raw and enters my mouth raw.

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on April 20, 2011
at 03:49 PM

Welcome to "Salad is overrated club" !

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on April 20, 2011
at 02:03 PM

when you saw raw do you mean cooking or products......big difference.

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on April 20, 2011
at 06:50 AM

you totally rule.

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on April 20, 2011
at 05:02 AM

as you might be able to guess by my moniker, i love raw meat, and for me its also about the taste. I have since childhood - i used to beg my Mom to make steak tartare (actually I was in charge of making it, i just begged her to buy the meat). I love oysters, sashimi, tartare, good salami (its technically raw), roe, salmon gravlax (also cured, but unheated), cold smoked pork tenderloin (also a childhood favorite).

I also liked cooked meat, but my preference, when possible and quality allows, is for raw or rare. I think there is a bit of magic. I've had some good meals in my day, and I think there is a little bit of something something that works its way into your bones after some fresh flesh, a little zing. But I don't eat as much percentage wise as maybe I would like to, mostly because what I prefer is expensive or hard to get for me currently.

I suppose I eat some raw salads and vegetables and a bit of fruit and berries (I love berries). Occasionally I get raw milk from a local.

Some vegetable have some toxins that cooking removes and some nutrients in veg become more bioavalable when its cooked.

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(5136)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

almost forgot proscuitto!

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(5639)

on April 20, 2011
at 06:50 AM

you totally rule.

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on April 20, 2011
at 06:54 AM

The percentage of my diet that is raw is much lower than I wish it was.

Having stated that though, it's probably a much higher percentage than most people (other than tartare up there!)

I LOVE RAW MEAT. I adore raw fish. Raw eggs, raw cheeses, raw nuts and vegetables, heck yeah. Oysters are kickass (especially for dudes looking for some easily bio-available testosterone and zinc). Anything smoked or cooked at very low temperature, I love. When I go out I order my steaks, burgers, pork, etc..."As rare as the head chef will let you cook it please, raw if possible!"

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21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on April 20, 2011
at 03:33 AM

Here's what I eat raw: fruit, carrots

Here's what I never eat raw: meat

Here's what I never eat: salad

My reasoning is that I tried eating big salads for lunch, and it just takes too long to chew! So no salad. And I don't like the taste of raw meat as much as cooked meat. But carrots taste nice and sweet and crunchy raw, so they have a high snackability factor.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on April 20, 2011
at 03:49 PM

Welcome to "Salad is overrated club" !

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on April 21, 2011
at 02:37 PM

I typically slow cook meat, so that it's super easy to eat. For my meat meal (shredded beef, sour cream, guac), it takes about 5-10 minutes to eat. For a big salad, it takes about 40 minutes. Maybe that's because I don't like salads that much though.

6f2c00fcbf48c69f0ea212239b3e1178

on April 21, 2011
at 02:26 PM

Doesn't a big salad take no more time to chew than a tough cut of meat? Actually doesn't it take LESS time? From my experience, a big bowl of lettuce is pretty easy to chew.

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on April 20, 2011
at 03:14 AM

I eat raw when I get the chance, like at a restaurant, I will eat raw oysters. I also order tartare. I have also eaten my grass fed beef raw, which I am currently out of, so very low percentage.

I do love sashimi, but I don't make it myself. I don't eat out that often anymore, but I always feel very satisfied and satiate when I eat meat raw.

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on April 20, 2011
at 02:33 PM

Since going Paleo a month ago I've been cooking almost every meal. This is more out of convenience than anything else, as "put oil in pan, throw in food, make fire, eat" is quick and easy and works for damn near everything.

I do enjoy salads, and nuts are yummy. Since my taste buds came alive again I've had to remind myself that "almonds are a sometimes food." Leftovers salad has become a staple of my diet: take whatever meat I cooked last night, put it in a bowl with some chopped up veggies and a bit of olive oil. Enjoy.

I used to enjoy a homemade "energy drink" consisting of two seedless oranges, a banana and a few raw eggs mixed in the blender, but that's an awful lot of fructose, so I haven't made one of those in a while.

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on April 20, 2011
at 02:18 PM

It depends on the season of course. In the spring and summer = lots of raw. Maybe 60-70%. Big green Salads, LOTS of fruit, ceviche, carpaccio (yum), etc. In the fall and winter the ratio slips more towards cooked, and more fat, more starch, but even then I do at least 5-10% raw everyday. I make my own mayo (raw eggs) and a??oli, green juices; I eat raw sheep and goat's milk cheeses, kefir...

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on April 20, 2011
at 01:56 PM

Richard Wrangham ("Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human") argues persuasively that it was the advent of cooking that led to the evolution of Homo Erectus from Homo Habilus. It allowed us to get the energy required from food to grow our big brains and reduce the length of the digestive tract. We are uniquely adapted to eating cooked food - in fact, we require it. We are the "cooking apes" as he puts it.

I eat salad almost daily, sometimes put a raw egg in a shake and eat a little fruit raw. I prefer my meat and veggies cooked, but I still like sushi. There is no way that a raw or mostly raw diet could be optimal for humans, in my (not so) humble opinion.

After all, what good is a grill, if I can't burn something with it? (I meant cook!)

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on April 20, 2011
at 11:29 AM

I eat almost no raw vegetables, nuts, seeds.

I eat berries, but they've been frozen. And I often eat salads with romaine lettuce, baby spinach, or spring greens. I have eaten raw eggs many times, but much prefer them cooked. I cook my red meat rare, but don't bother to eat it tartare. I don't eat a lot of cheese anymore, but when I do it's usually 'raw'.

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on April 20, 2011
at 06:58 AM

meat i eat occasionally raw. im scarred of germs and parasites. it has to be prepared good. vegetables and fruit i eat mostly raw. occasionally i eat them cooked or slightly steamed.

i sometimes steam salad. since i got a juicer i eat more vegetables raw.

today i had raw salmon with soysouce and takka miso. How do you prepare your raw meat? Do you have any ways to kill germs or reduce them? Do you et raw meat on the road. I once ate raw slamon on the road out of the package.

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on April 20, 2011
at 03:10 AM

I'm in pretty much the same boat as you. A light lunch of a salad with a bunch of raw veggies, some raw nuts here and there. My meat is becoming increasingly less cooked, although I will probably never switch to raw meat. The dairy I eat is only of the raw variety (cheese).

The only reason I eat these foods raw is for taste though. I love the crunch of raw veggies. Rare meat is juicy, tender and delicious. I personally don't buy into any reasoning that raw foods are magical and necessary (enzymes and whatnot), with dairy being the exception (pasteurized=blech). I am, however, not a big eater of overly cooked foods because of potential problems with AGEs and damaged fats.

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