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Some Reviews of the International Raw Food Restaurant Directory

22/09/11

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Some Reviews of the International Raw Food Restaurant Directory

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By Melovy
All Lettuce Leaves and Aching Jaws?

Knowing that I’m a vegetarian and that vegetarians eat vegetables and that this particular vegetarian is renowned not only for eating organic vegetables in large quantities, but also for enjoying the occasional salad or two, a friend gave me a copy of the recently published International Raw Food Restaurant Directory.

Phew, that sentence was quite a mouthful – which is probably not what most people expect to get when eating raw food. Or maybe they do, since lettuce takes a lot of chewing, possibly even using more calories than the lettuce provides.
Some Facts About Raw Food

And now that I’ve got the myths out of the way, here are a few facts about raw food:

Cooking destroys some vitamin C – how much is destroyed depends on how you cook and for how long.

Many fruit and vegetables in their raw form will provide you with more nutrients. For instance, 100 grams of raw broccoli contains 47mg of calcium, while boiled it has 40mg.

Raw food includes food heated up to 115°F/46°C – “raw foodists” prepare bread, biscuits and falafel in a dehydrator, and also use it to dry fruit and vegetables.

115°F is the temperature above which enzymes in food are destroyed.
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A Valuable Resource

While researching this article, I found that the more I delved into what appeared to be facts about raw and cooked food, the more I found vague statements or opinions – on both sides. Some people report massive health benefits after changing to a raw food diet, others find some vegetables easier to digest when cooked. What suits one person may not suit another, so there is no right or wrong here. Thankfully, The International Raw Food Restaurant Directory does not try to persuade you to convert to a raw food diet, and in its introductory pages Paul Appleby gives a balanced view of the debate, concluding that variety is the key.

However, given that everyone in the developed world over the age of six must by now have heard that we need a minimum of five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, I am often surprised by the meagre portions of vegetables served up in many restaurants – even in a vegetarian meal. This makes The International Raw Food Restaurant Directory a valuable resource for any healthy eater who likes to eat out, especially when travelling. What you are pretty much guaranteed in a raw food restaurant is plenty of healthy fruit and veg. It would also be great for anyone with a health condition that makes eating out difficult. Raw food restaurants won’t be using hydrogenated fat, excessive salt or MSG so you are far more likely to find something a heart or stroke patient could eat than you are in a burger joint or pizza palace!

The directory is laid out by country – 45 in all – and while you probably won’t be remotely shocked to learn that the United States has by far the highest number of entries you might be surprised to know there’s a raw food restaurant in Liechtenstein (a tiny country sandwiched between Austria and Switzerland) and there’s even one in Iceland, which is probably more famous for its legendary devouring of puffins than it is for its raw vegetable eating habits.

In countries where raw food restaurants are plentiful the directory entries are further divided into regions or states. In the USA 46 states are represented. (Try the quiz at the end of this article to see if you can guess which don’t have raw food restaurants!) Of the States, California has by far the highest number of entries, and of the individual cities, New York wins hands down. New York has so many restaurants its entries are categorized by district.

As the publisher acknowledges in the introduction, the nature of guides of this type is that they are prone to change. To combat this the publisher has sensibly included a website where readers can read amendments and post corrections.

One criticism I have of the guide is that scattered throughout the listings for restaurants, it also lists other resources, such as a yoga institute or a food co-operative. While this information could well be useful, I think the directory would be easier to use if the additional resources were listed separately from the restaurants. And sadly, there are no raw food restaurants in my hometown, so I will have to wait until I next go travelling to try it out.

Quick Quiz on the link that needs to be split as the blog set up will not let us use the words Hu b pages
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Positive News

Discovering the raw food approach

UK / Blogs

03 Aug 2011
Pam-Bennett

Upon the launch of The International Raw Food Restaurant Directory, raw food enthusiast Pam Bennett introduces this increasingly popular approach to nutrition
Raw Food enthusiast, Pam Bennett

Google, who are forever busy analysing what words we are putting into our searches, found that ìraw foodî began to out-rank searches for ìorganic foodî in early 2009. The increase in popularity of raw food is also evident in the number of magazines, books and recipe books now devoted to the subject. Not surprisingly, a growing list of celebrities, including Bill Clinton, Demi Moore, Sting, David Bowie, Beyonce, Robin Williams and Apple CEO Steve Jobs, are voicing their interest too.

My first encounter with raw food was about five years ago when I did a reiki course in Scotland. Rosemary, the teacher, had a dehydrator in her kitchen – a device that preserves food by removing moisture from it – and when we got chatting about this it turned out that she was interested in raw food.

I thought raw food meant salads and juicing, so I was fascinated to hear more about it and of the amazing health giving properties. Raw foodists, as they are sometimes known, report benefits such as increased energy, weight loss, feeling more rested and needing less sleep, as well as a slowing of the aging process. Candida, some cancers, diabetes and lupus are among the illnesses that can be improved by following a raw food diet, proponents have claimed.

I’ve even heard that following a raw food diet can save you money! You may find this hard to believe but although you would be eating organic food which is more expensive, once your body gets used to the change and adapts, the food that you eat is more nutritionally dense, so you don’t eat so much but have more energy.

The definition of raw does vary a bit depending on who you talk to, but the generally accepted definition is uncooked vegan food, with no animal or dairy products at all. Raw food can be heated, but must not be heated above 115 F or 46 C, the temperature at which enzymes begin to be destroyed. This means that dehydrators are in. Raw foodists often use these to make breads and biscuits and to dry fruits and vegetables all of which retain most of the nutrients lost in cooking.

I was very interested to learn from Rosemary that raw food has been gaining popularity over the past 10–15 years all over the world, especially in the US. Having been vegetarian since the mid 80’s but never tempted to go vegan, I was surprised at myself for being so interested in raw food, which is after all one step beyond vegan. I was amazed to see the raw cook books that Rosemary had and immediately started flicking through them. She gave me lots more information and I quickly wrote down the name and authors so that I could order my own copies when I got home. She spoke about Ann Wigmore, an early pioneer of raw food and Gabriel Cousens, who has written extensively on the subject.

Back in London I found out through a friend that a raw food restaurant had started up in the city, so I went to sample what they had to offer. Since then raw food has become much easier to find in London with raw food restaurants and vegan restaurants including raw food offerings springing up – mainly in central and north London – not to mention little pockets in other parts of the country such as Brighton and Lincolnshire.

Because of my interest in raw food I am very pleased to have helped with the publication of The International Raw Food Restaurant Directory in which we list more than 600 restaurants in over 45 countries with their contact details, the location and opening hours. Most, but not all of these are also vegan. We have listed many of the rapidly expanding number of Raw Vegan Meetup groups, which are very friendly and brilliant for beginners. As well as this we have also listed wild food foraging websites, raw food cookery classes, plus listings for further reading on the benefits of raw food.

This is a great book for taking away on holiday with you, especially if you are going to America; California is particularly rich in raw food outlets.

More Information:

www.internationalrawfoodrestaurant.net
www.kipublishing.com

Category: Positive Community
Tags: raw food
Location: UK
Author: Pam Bennett

and on a French blog

Other links are at :
http://veganbio.typepad.com/veg_anbio/bienvenue-.html
(in French)
We mentioned your directory on our page "Autres liens intéressants " ("Other interesting links"), under the title "Guide pour les voyageurs"

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This blog was set up so that readers of the International Raw Food Restaurant Directory published by Ki Publishing Co-operative can supply feedback on the entries we have listed. amendments@ internationalrawfoodrestaurant.net contactus@ internationalrawfoodrestaurant.net newentries@ internationalrawfoodrestaurant.net Readers can also suggest new restaurants for the next edition of the International Raw Food Restaurant Directory. We really appreciate this feedback. If you have thoughts on how regulations could be removed or changed to make running a food business easier, then the (UK) Government wants your views. And, after the recent health scares we need to stress this vital information for the preparation of bean sprouts. Bean sprouts are rich in vitamin E and good to maintain your skin health. Further nutritional information.

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