Paleo. Clean Eating. Raw Food. Which diets are the latest trends?
Whether vegan, raw food, clean eating or paleo - there are many different forms of nutrition. But why do some people eat only raw food and why do others live vegan? In this blog article we tell you what is behind paleo, Clean Eating and Raw Food and which reasons lead to a change of diet.
Many choices for a reason
Whether the renunciation of meat as in the vegetarian diet, the renunciation of heated food as in raw food or the exclusive choice of products that were already eaten in the Stone Age as in Paleo - in recent years the number of forms of nutrition has increased. As diverse as these nutritional trends are the reasons why they are being pursued.
Allergies and intolerances are the reason why some people have to avoid eating certain foods. An example of this is gluten intolerance (celiac disease).
Belonging to a religion can also determine one's eating habits and lead to the permanent renunciation of certain foods, the observance of certain sequences during cooking or fasting phases.
Curiosity or following a trend motivates many people to change their diet. Especially vegetarian and vegan diets are usually based on ethical and environmental reasons. Diets such as Clean Eating or Raw Food are also often motivated by health considerations and the desire to not consume any additives.
Paleo - the stone age nutrition
The Paleo diet is also known as the Stone Age diet because it only permits foods that were eaten in the Stone Age. In other words, Paleo only includes food that our ancestors hunted and collected during the Stone Age. This includes all unprocessed products such as fruit and vegetables, nuts and seeds, eggs and healthy fats such as coconut fat. Additionally, paleo also has a lot of meat and fish on its menu.
The focus of this diet is on the supply of protein and fats and less on carbohydrates. Contrary to many assumptions, no cereals were cultivated in the Stone Age. Therefore, the Paleo diet does not include oats, wheat or other cereals. In addition, legumes, sugar, and dairy products are removed from Stone Age diets.
Paleo is by no means monotonous, despite the fact that some foods are not consumed. Even if products such as bread or sugar are not allowed, they can be replaced by simple alternatives. For example, linseed, almonds or sunflower seeds can be processed into grain-free bread or bananas can be used as a natural sweetening.
Since Paleo is based on the principles of the Stone Age, organic food should be preferred. This is due to the reason that there was neither mass animal husbandry nor pesticides used in fruit and vegetable cultivation during the Stone age. Organic products which ideally come from the region and are seasonal are therefore the right choice.
Fresh & natural with Clean Eating
Clean Eating is a form of nutrition that has increased in popularity in recent years. Clean in this case stands for pure, natural and fresh food. In addition to fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, nuts and unsaturated fats, Clean Eating - contrary to Paleo - also allows carbohydrates and dairy products. However, when choosing carbohydrate-containing foods and dairy products, it is important that they are left in their natural state: Instead of white flour products, complex carbohydrates from wholemeal products. In addition, natural fresh milk products should be used. As with the Stone Age diet, Clean Eating dispenses any sugar and additives. However, with Clean Eating sugar can be easily replaced by alternatives such as honey, syrup or coconut blossom sugar - products that are not allowed with Paleo. Another difference are processed foods: While processed products should be avoided in the Paleo diet, Clean Eating is primarily about the degree of processing and the ingredients. If finished products, e.g. fruit bars, are made from foods that are permitted with Clean Eating, they can be included in the meal plan.
If you are going to try Clean Eating, pay close attention to your food choices when shopping, read the labels carefully and primarily buy organic products.
Living raw with Raw Food
If you think of vegetable sticks when thinking of raw food, you're not quite right when it comes to raw food! The principle of raw food can already be seen in its name: uncooked food. In this type of diet, only products that have never been heated are eaten. The basic idea behind this is the preservation of vitamins and nutrients that are destroyed at temperatures of 40°C and above. Raw Food therefore only uses gentle preparation methods such as drying or marinating. Our juices are also never heated, but are preserved using the HPP process.
With raw food nutrition, all foods can be eaten which can be eaten raw. This includes most fruits, vegetables and herbs, seeds, nuts and quinoa. However, some vegetables such as potatoes or legumes like chickpeas should not be eaten raw and are therefore not included on the raw food meal plan. Unprocessed animal products such as raw milk, raw meat and raw fish can also be part of the raw food diet. However, care should be taken to ensure that they are fresh.
The dietary form of raw food can be interpreted in different strict ways: The diet can therefore vary between the mild variant, which consists of 70% raw and 30% processed food, and the complete renunciation of processed food.
The number of different types of diets and new nutritional trends is constantly increasing. Whether for interest and curiosity, ethical or environmental reasons, religion or an allergy - the reasons for eating in a certain way are diverse. The Paleo diet is based exclusively on foods that were hunted and collected as early as the Stone Age. Clean Eating focuses on natural and unprocessed foods. Raw Food focuses on uncooked food and thus on gentle preparation methods. Would you like to try Paleo, Clean Eating or Raw Food? Our juice cleanse is the perfect introduction to a change in diet.