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A raw food diet is primarily comprised of uncooked, unprocessed, and often organic and sustainably raised plant-based foods. Most raw foodists do not consumeanimal products of any kind, nor foods containing chemically processed or pasteurized ingredients. While some raw foodists include raw (unpasterized) dairy products, raw meat, raw eggs, and sushi into their diets, the majority of those who self-identify as “raw foodists” are vegan. While the exact definition of raw food varies, a basic guideline for raw food is that it can not have been heated above 118° F (48° C).

If you are trying to determine if a particular food is considered “raw” or not, take this quick quiz! 

  1. Does it contain any animal products (meat, dairy, lard, eggs, gelatin, cheese, etc.)?
  2. Does it contain preservatives (chemicals)?
  3. Does it contain food additives?
  4. Does it have sugar in it (corn syrup, sucrose, fructose, etc.)?
  5. Does the food require that you use a can opener to open it?
  6. Does the ingredients label contain anything that you can not pronounce?
  7. Does it make you feel sleepy when you eat it?
  8. Do you feel guilty when you eat it?
  9. Did you eat it in a restaurant?
  10. Does it contain alcohol, other than wine?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, there is a 99% chance that it’s not raw.