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raw dietA raw foods diet refers to a diet where the vast majority of food consumed is uncooked. While some things should obviously be cooked for health reasons—and others for pure tastiness—the premise behind a raw diet lies in the fact that cooking food destroys foods’ natural enzymes and nutrients. A raw food diet is often part of—and can even refer to—eating clean. If you’re not eating plenty of raw food along with your cooked stuff, here are three reasons to make the switch starting today:

1. Reduce Your Risk of Disease with Clean Eating

Raw foods are higher in:
Minerals; and

Because of this, eating raw exposes your system to more nutrients that it would otherwise get by eating cooked foods. In turn, your natural immunity is boosted and you avoid harmful carcinogens (which have been linked to cancer) that occur with cooking. As such, your risk of disease and cancer is reduced, and your health is improved. 

2. Lose Weight
If you’re having trouble losing weight, the problem most likely lies in processed sugars, grains, and funky chemicals and additives that are found in packaged foods. When you eat a raw foods or clean diet—completely eliminating packed and processed items—it is very likely that you will lose weight. Processed items are incredibly inflammatory, are high on the glycemic index, and can lead to health problems in addition to weight gain.

3. Improve Your Mental Health
Not only will eating raw improve your physical health, but it can also improve your mental health, too. Healthy, clean, and raw eating have all been linked to a decreased risk of depression, better mood management, a fewer emotional rollercoasters. A huge part of this phenomenon is due to decreased sugars on a raw diet. Sugar has been associated with depression, anxiety, addition, and problems with learning and memory.

When you eat raw, you’re making a good decision for your body, your brain, your mental health, and the environment. To aid you along the way, choose snacks from Sweets Gone Raw. These yummy treats are not only delicious, but are also gluten-free, GMO-free, natural, and raw, too.

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Almonds at Sweets Gone RawOne of nature’s most nutritious nuts, almonds top the charts in terms of mineral content, protein, and monounsaturated fats. When organic, almonds are a smart food to choose for instant fuel, for an easy snack, or to eat atop a salad or yogurt. The following lists a few of the many health benefits of almonds:

Mineral and Nutrient-dense
One of the most notable facts about almonds is that they are incredibly nutrient and mineral-dense. In fact, almonds contain:

7.62 grams of protein per quarter cup;
Vitamin E;
Monounsaturated fats;
Iron; and

As such, a handful of almonds can provide your body with much-needed nourishment.

Reduced Cardiovascular Risk
Another health benefit of almonds is that consumption of almonds has been linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular complications. In one study, researchers concluded that eating these nuts at least four times per week reduced the risk of coronary heart disease by a whopping 37 percent. In general, consumption of almonds is associated with lower lipid levels, decreased cholesterol levels, and improved heart health.

Improved Blood Sugar Levels
Increased rates of diabetes in the U.S. are a growing health and economic concern. And while the research regarding consumption of almonds and reduced risk of diabetes is less definitive than is the research between almonds and heart disease, multiple studies surmise that eating almonds can help to regulate blood sugar levels. One study showed that eating almonds—as opposed to rice, potatoes, or bread—decreased participants’ blood sugar and insulin levels.

Choosing Almonds as Part of a Healthy Eating Plan
When you choose almonds and other raw foods over processed fare, you are making a healthier choice for your mind and body. At Sweets Gone Raw, our products are raw, gluten-free, GMO-free, vegan or dairy-free, and completely natural. What’s more, recognizing the many health benefits of almonds, we incorporate almonds into many of our favorite products. To learn more about why eating raw is ideal for your health and happiness, contact us today!

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Sweets Gone RawWhen preparing or purchasing sweet things, maple syrup is a preferable sweetener to standard white sugar. Not only does maple syrup have fewer calories and grams of sugar per 100 grams than does white sugar, but it’s also packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, too.

Antioxidants and Anti-inflammatory Compounds
While maple syrup should surely be eaten in moderation—it is still sugar, after all—this sweet stuff (particularly grade B, which is darker) is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. In fact, pure maple syrup has 54 beneficial compounds for health. Of these, five of the compounds are not found in any other natural sources. The compounds may help prevent or combat diseases and disorders, including, but not limited to cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.

Essential Vitamins & Minerals
Highly processed white sugar is completely devoid of any vitamins or minerals. Pure maple syrup, on the other hand, contains:

Sodium; and

To maximize the amount of minerals and vitamins found in maple syrup, always choose organic grade B pure maple syrup.

Choosing Natural Foods, Snacks, and Desserts
Maple syrup is considered a ‘raw’ food, meaning that it comes straight from nature and is not processed. When you choose to incorporate raw foods into your diet and choose to exclude processed foods, you reduce your exposure to unhealthy chemicals and additives. In sweets, ingredients like high fructose corn syrup—which has been linked to obesity, type II diabetes, and metabolic syndrome—are often found.

You can improve your well-being, lose weight, and feel happier and healthier by eating foods that are:

Vegan; and

At Sweets Gone Raw, our products meet the criteria listed above. What’s more, our products use organic maple syrup when sweetness is needed.

To learn more about our mission, our products, and our commitment to good health, read more about us today!

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The Benefits of Coconut OilOne of nature’s greatest gifts, coconut oil is both delicious and bursting with amazing health benefits. The following reviews the health advantages that consuming coconut oil offers, and why you should start eating more coconut oil today.

Rich Source of MCTs
Coconuts are a prolific source of MCTs, or medium chain triglycerides. MCTs are a type of fatty acid that the body digests in a unique manner; MCTs bypass the lymphatic system, and are instead almost immediately oxidized by the liver. MCTs can also be used to generate ketones, which provide energy for the body, and may benefit the brain, too. MCTs also help with cellular repair, are vital for heart health, and can even help you to lose weight.

Filling and Nutritious
Coconut oil is not only full of MCTs, but it’s also incredibly filling, too. Providing a dense source of energy, coconut oil can reduce your hunger, preventing you from overeating later on. In fact, in one study, men who were fed MCTs ate more than 200 calories a day less than men eating long chain triglycerides.

Preventing Cognitive Decline & Major Disease
If you knew that there was something you could eat daily that could reduce your risk of developing heart disease, high cholesterol, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and dementia, would you eat it? The good news is that coconut oil may be able to do all of the above and more. In a study that looked at Alzheimer’s patients, eating MCTs led to nearly immediate improvement in cognitive function; in another study, the production of ketones reduced the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Consumption of coconut oil has also been linked to a decrease in triglyceride levels, decrease in LDL cholesterol levels, and an increase in HDL (good) cholesterol levels.

Eat More Coconut Oil
Add coconut oil to coffee, try cooking with it, or eat it by the spoonful. And when choosing snacks, opt for those that are natural and that incorporate coconut oil, too, like Cacao Protein Balls from Sweets Gone Raw. Using high quality, natural, gluten-free, and GMO-free ingredients, Sweets Gone Raw is the best choice in delicious and healthy eating. Stock up now to improve your health today!

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The Effects of GlutenOne of the most important components of being healthy is choosing the right food to fuel your body. And while many grains are touted as being good for health, the truth is, gluten can have a negative effect for many. Here’s what you need to know about how gluten affects the body:

What is gluten?
First things first: what is gluten? Gluten is a type of protein that’s water-soluble and that’s found in a variety of grains. To be specific, gluten can be found in:

  • Barley;
  • Rye;
  • Wheat;
  • Oats; and
  • Triticale.

But shying away from grains doesn’t mean that you’ll be free from gluten; due to its unique characteristics—it’s what makes bread ‘doughy’—it’s often found in a variety of other products too, ranging from salad dressings to chewing gum.

The Effect Gluten Has on the Body
Gluten has a varying effect on the body depending on each person’s unique health profile. For those with the most severe gluten intolerance, Celiac disease is the result. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that’s characterized by damage to the small intestine. Side effects of Celiac disease can range from gastrointestinal complications to muscular skeletal complications to central nervous system complications.

However, even those who don’t have Celiac disease may still have sensitivity to gluten.  For many, the protein initiates an allergic reaction of sorts in the body, leading to severe inflammation (this can mostly be blamed on the lectins, phytic acid, and gliadins found within gluten). Inflammation can in turn lead to:

  • Fatigue;
  • Joint pain;
  • Mental health problems;
  • Acid reflux;
  • Infertility;
  • Skin problems; and
  • Weight gain.

For many, sensitivity to gluten is so minor that’s it’s not even noticeable until gluten is removed from the diet. To test whether or not you have gluten sensitivity, try going gluten-free for a minimum of two weeks.

Choosing Gluten-free Foods
Finding gluten-free foods can be challenging. And, simply replacing gluten-containing products with other processed foods isn’t a good choice either; these foods can also be inflammatory, and often contain strange chemicals and high amounts of sugar. Instead, choosing raw and natural foods is the best.

At Sweets Gone Raw, our products are always raw, vegan, non-GMO, and gluten-free. When you choose Sweets Gone Raw, you’ll know exactly what you’re eating, and know that you’re providing your body with the best in food nutrition.

To learn more about our products and our mission, browse our website or contact us with questions today.

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