Raw & Organic Foods Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions
*These FAQ's and answers are provided for informational purposes only and do not imply any recommendation for their use other than a food or nutritional supplement, nor are they to be misconstrued in any form as medical advice. If you are consuming any of these foods for medical reasons, it is best to consult with your healthcare professional. ** This page is currently under construction, please pardon its brevity.  
 
How do I eat Goji Berries and how much should I eat?
Goji Berries: Though prescribed in Traditional Mongolian and Tibetan medicine for its anti-aging and immune system enhancing benefits in the form of a Soup or Tonic, Goji Berries are more often consumed simply as a fruit or juice. Consumed daily, it is best mixed with other fruits, seeds or nuts or blended into a raw fruit smoothie. Since the berries are so nutrient dense, a serving size of two or more tablespoons mixed in with a small bowl of fresh fruits is a good starting point. Though a little tart, treat them like you would other berries, cranberries or raisins in your smoothies. For maximum digestion, grind berries in a coffee grinder before adding them to a smoothie. One popular Goji / Anti-Oxidant smoothie consists of 2 Tbs ground Goji Berries, 1 whole banana, approx 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/2 to 1 cup strawberries, 2 Tbs ground pomegranate seeds, 1 cup pomegranate juice, and four to five ice cubes. Blend for approximately 2 minutes, drink fresh and enjoy. Change the ingredient amounts to suit your tastes. For further information may we suggest the booklet: Goji the Himalayan Health Secret - by Dr. Earl Mindell and Rick Handel
 
How do I use Maca and how much should I eat?
Organic Maca Powder: Maca is a root vegetable in the same family as radishes and turnips. It is grown in the plateaus of the Andes Mountains. Traditionally the root was roasted or mashed, rolled into balls and cooked. The taste has been described as being similar to butterscotch. EatRaw's Organic Maca Powder is best consumed raw and mixed in with cereals, smoothies, or added as a dry ingredient to un-baked / un-cooked items. Its pleasant flavor works well into juices and smoothies. As a supplement, beneficial effects can be had with daily amounts starting as low as a teaspoon. May we suggest the Booklet: Maca: Adaptogen and Hormonal Regulator - by Beth M Ley, Ph.D.
 
How do I eat Spirulina and how much should I use?
Spirulina Since it is a vegan food, our supplier of high-quality pure spirulina powder recommends 1 to 6 tablespoons per day, in one dose or spread out over the day. It is best enjoyed added to fresh juice or a raw fruit smoothy. Tastes great with young coconut juice. It is an excellent substitute for animal derived protein powders. While raw meat is approx. 27% protein, spirulina is 60-65% highly absorbable protein containing all eight of the essential amino acids that cannot be produced the body. Making spirulina an excellent source of protein for raw foodist athletes who may be concerned that they may not be getting sufficient essential amino acids for their active lifestyles. Please store sealed in a cool dry place. Do not expose to sunlight or heat and use a dry spoon so as not to introduce water into the container. If you are raw foodist interested in building strength and muscles naturally, please consider reading Raw Power - by Stephen Arlin.
 
Should I worry that I am not getting enough protein in my raw food diet?
No, you shouldn't worry. That Vegans and Raw Foodists do not obtain sufficient protein is a very common misconception. All plants contain varying amounts of proteins. Legumes, as well as seeds and nuts are exceptionally good sources of proteins. Vegetable plankton such as the blue-green algaes spirulina and chlorella have more readily absorbable protein than raw flesh. For example, 1-1/2 Lbs a week of almonds and a pint a day of a combination of 10 oz carrot juice and 6 oz spinach juice provides enough protein for a whole week. Yes, that little is needed to meet your protein requirements. Of course, you should consume a variety of raw foods for best nutrition. Animal derived proteins, including those from milk and eggs, create large amounts of uric acid associated with degenerative diseases such as osteoporosis, arthritis and fatigue. For those considering making the transition to raw foods, may we suggest that you browse our for a book suitable to your needs.
 
Why and how should I use MSM?
MSM : MethylSulfonylMethane is a naturally occurring, organically-bound and easily absorbable source of dietary sulfur. The trace mineral sulfur is a component of the essential amino acids, cysteine, cystine, taurine and methionine. During the processing of food (heating, dehydrating and drying) naturally occurring MSM can be lost. Fruits and vegetables begin to lose MSM after they have been picked, stored and processed. Fortunately for raw foodists, fresh fruits and vegetables (whole grains, legumes, onions, garlic, cabbage, asparagus, brussel sprouts and broccoli) should contain sufficient amounts of MSM for our dietary needs. So then, why supplement? Considering the state of our modern diet and inconsistent if not deficient nutritional value of non-organic crops, consuming supplemental MSM has beneficial therapeutic effects even at low doses. It is difficult to overdose on MSM, since excess MSM is flushed out of your body after about 12 hours. Basically, if your body doesn't need it, it gets rid of it. Daily suggested nutritional supplementation varies from 2,000 to 6,000 mg. and depends on your height weight and reasons for supplementation. MSM is available in capsules or in powder form which can be added to food or smoothies. It is tasteless and odorless. Dr. Earl Mindell suggests taking 1,000 mg three times a day to achieve 3,000 mg of daily nutritional supplementation. May we suggest The MSM Miracle: Enhance your health with organic sulfur - by Dr. Earl Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D. The Vitamin Bible - by Dr. Earl Mindell, and The Miracle of MSM:The Natural Solution for Pain - by Stanley W. Jacobs, M.D., Ronald M. Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D. and Martin Zucker.
 
How should I use Coconut Butter/Oil?
EatRaw's Raw, Imported Virgin Organic Coconut Butter/Oil: Use it just about any way you like. Of the tropical oils, coconut oil seems to have the most beneficial uses both topically and consumed raw. It is best to store coconut oil in the refrigerator. Place the jar in warm water or under hot water and allow it to liquefy. Pour only as much as you need into a separate glass container. As a nutritional supplement a tablespoon a day mixed in with a fruit juice or smoothie. Use it as a salad dressing or replacement for vegetable oils. One author suggests using at least 4 tablespoons a day in orange juice to help relieve cold symptoms. May we suggest the following books: The Coconut Oil Miracle or Coconut Cures - by Bruce Fiffe, C.N., N.D. or
 
Should I worry that I am not getting enough B12 on a raw food diet?
More so than even vegans, raw foodists should consider taking a B-12 supplement. According to some literature, so many people are deficient of B-12 that a sublingual supplement once a day is highly recommended. There are several vegan friendly brands out there, which include plenty of B-12 and heart healthy folic acid. B-12 is produced by micro-organisms, which in turn are consumed by animals consuming plants (grass, grains, etc.). Since we wash our food to remove the external pesticide residue, insects and dirt, we are removing micro-organism sources of B-12. As well, raw foodist tend not to eat B-12 fortified vegan or vegetarian foods. B-12 deficiency can cause "loss of energy, tingling, numbness, reduced sensitivity to pain or pressure, blurred vision, abnormal gait, sore tongue, poor memory, confusion, hallucinations and personality changes." The short term effects of B-12 deficiency are usually reversible. Long term deficiency can cause permanent neurological damage. As one article describes it, "if for any reason you choose not to use fortified foods or supplements you should recognize that you are carrying out a dangerous experiment - one that many have tried before with consistently low levels of success." May we suggest the following books: Becoming Vegan - by Brenda Davis, R.D. & Vesanto Melina, M.S., R.D. and The Vitamin Bible - by Dr. Earl Mindell
 
How can I best use VitaMineral Green?
VitaMineral Green is a very nutrient dense, organic, whole food, Super Food combination that tastes great when combined with fruit smoothies and vegetable juices. We recommend using a blender when combining with fresh juices. Unlike many multi-vitamin and mineral supplement products, VitaMineral Green is not made in a lab from rendered animal by-products. It is very bioavailable/absorbable and not excreted as so many synthetic supplements are. It is rich in phytonutrients and other complex synergistically combined organic nutrients. Add Vitamineral Green with our other Super Food products (Goji Berries, Maca Powder, Cacao, etc.) and make yourself a Super Smoothie!