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Raw 101: Definition of Raw Food

The definition of raw food is as direct as its name would describe it: foods—raw, unprocessed, uncooked, and preferably organic. The consumption of uncooked benefits from enzymes and nutritional value that are otherwise lost in cooking.

In technical understanding, the raw food diet can be comprised of a spectrum of raw components from plants to animal meats depending on the desired lifestyle of one advocate; raw vegetarian, raw vegan, raw omnivore, and omophagia. Nevertheless, the widely recognized and most commonly adapted raw food form follows a raw vegan diet; typically consisting of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and sprouted grains and legumes.

Raw animal meats contain enzymes, yes. Though under the operation of unskilled and unhygienic butchers, raw meats are vulnerable to bacteria contamination from as early as slaughtering process. So before you get excited and start shopping for steak tartare ingredients, smart sourcing your raw meats and knowing how to conduct a sterile handling in your domestic kitchen is highly recommended.

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