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The International Raw Food Restaurant Directory

Maria Rivarola, Gourmet Raw Vegan Chef, Indonesia
Reviewed for the International Vegetarian Union (IVU) Newsletter.

Do you ever wish you knew exactly where to find raw food eateries where you live or wherever you happen to be traveling in the world, but find the research process time consuming and confusing, more often than not leading to frustrating dead-end information?

Sam Crawley and Anna Senkiw know what it is like to end up with out of date information in the vast cyber space. They have painstakingly searched, double-checked and successfully compiled The International Raw Food Restaurant Directory, an impressively crafted and comprehensive listing of over a staggering 600 restaurants in more than 45 countries in the world.

The International Raw Food Restaurant Directory is an easy to read, clearly laid out and well-presented first ever directory of this kind. Whether you are a long-term committed raw foodist, new enthusiast, or interested in experiencing the health benefits of living foods, this is a must-have publication. Importantly, this effort represents the first serious attempt to bridge the gap between the plethora of conventional restaurant guides and the ever increasing market for healthful living.

You will find yourself using the directory not just to search for a restaurant, but also to locate pot luck groups and other relevant health and environmental organizations. The authors invite us to send any corrections to the current edition which can be posted for almost immediate amendment on the blog - a brilliant way to keep this directory up to date.

From Bali to Buenos Aires … jump into the world of the most vibrant foods on the planet and let The International Raw Food Directory inspire your journey to health around the globe.

Maria Ravarola, Gourmet Raw Vegan Chef, Indonesia

"Nuestra tarea debe ser liberarnos a nosotros mismos ampliando nuestro círculo de compasión para abrazar en él a todas las criaturas vivientes y la totalidad de la naturaleza y su hermosura"
"Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty."
Albert Einstein

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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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. Readers can also suggest new restaurants for the new edition of the International Raw Food Restaurant Directory. 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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