Vegans seem sometimes obsessed with food. It remains for all of us the common issue regardless our motivations for veganism.
What do vegans eat? What sould vegans avoid? Why? How to replace a non-vegan ingredient with a vegan one? This is a space for the answers to such questions.
Raw Food at its most basic is simply food in its natural state. There is a huge popular movement around raw food which emphasizes a gourmet approach. Within this movement there is an attempt to use food processing of various kinds from blending to dehydrating to create dishes that resemble old cooked favorites and to create completely new food raw food recipes. There are also raw food vegans who favor a less mechanized approach and try to keep foods as close to the state they would be eaten in the wild as possible. With any processing there is some loss of nutrients and it can be argued that blending, juicing or other popular ways of processing raw foods diminishes their nutritional value. However the transition from conventional eating to a raw food diet can be difficult due to cultural, economical or accessibility issues. Raw food processing may be a good transitional tool for those moving in a raw food direction. And it can be argued that the nutrient degradation caused by raw food processing is minimal when compared with the cooking of foods. It is worth noting that some of the most popular raw food recipes are extremely high in fat. There are negative consequence of a high fat diet whether the fats are from plants or animals and unfortunately many who run into problems on a high fat raw diet end up devolving back to an animal product based diet without realizing they simply needed to get the fat under control.
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