11 Foods That You Should Only Eat Raw

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Chia Seeds

Four table-spoons of chia seeds can provide your body with:

As much calcium as three cups of milk.

The same level of magnesium as 10 broccoli stalks.

Equivalent iron to one half cup of red kidney beans.

30% more antioxidants than a cup of blueberries.

25% more fiber than flaxseed.

As much omega-3 as a 32-ounce salmon fillet.

Surprised? Chia seeds are labelled as a superfood for good reason, and are easy to add to your diet. Try sprinkling them on your cereal or porridge at breakfast or even cooking a chia breakfast pudding.

Fermented Kimchi

Fermented Kimchi can improve digestion by supporting the body’s intestinal flora. By cooking it, many of the vitamins, minerals and enzymes are destroyed, however when fermented, they are preserved, allowing the body to absorb the essential nutrients.

Fermented foods are also a source of probiotics, also known as good bacteria’, which help improve the body’s immune system, fight off diseases and create an overall good standard of health.

Onions

By eating onions raw, you’re making the most of the phytonutrient allicin it contains, which is proven to bust feelings of hunger, preventing you from snacking and serving as a helpful tool when curbing your grazing habits, making it ideal for those looking to lose weight.

Red Peppers

Whether they’re grilled, roasted or fried, cooking red peppers breaks down their vitamin C content, making them nowhere near as nutritious as they are when prepared in a salad or sliced to enjoy with a dip.

These are only a few example of the many foods out there that are best consumed in their raw, organic state. Try them out with your favorite recipes or even try something new for an exciting family meal. For further ideas, take a look around the web or purchase a raw-specific cookery book. You’ll be surprised at the interesting dinner options you can create and even more so at the outstanding health benefits you’ll enjoy through following a raw diet.