Friday, August 14, 2009

Raw Food Restaurants Worldwide - Exploring Raw Food Restaurants for Taste & Nutrition

Raw Food Restaurants Worldwide - Exploring Raw Food Restaurants for Taste & Nutrition
By Emily Rutherford

Raw Food Restaurants Are Increasing in Number

Raw food restaurants have increased in number over the past 10 years, as more people seek healthier diets and lifestyles. Raw food restaurants serve no cooked foods. Instead, they serve an assortment of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and sprouted grains—including raw desserts, raw pizza, raw “lasagna” and more. Surprisingly, raw food tastes good—and best of all, it’s good for you.

Currently there are 95 raw food restaurants worldwide—however, this number also includes a handful of vegetarian restaurants that are partially raw (restaurants that serve both cooked and raw food selections).

Raw Food Restaurant Food Preparation

Raw food restaurants use several tools to prepare food for customers: a food processor, a high-powered blender, juicers, and variable-temperature dehydrators, among others. Absolutely no microwaves, ovens, or stoves are used. This is done to preserve the live enzymes presents in all raw food. Live enzymes are destroyed when food is cooked beyond 114 degrees Fahrenheit.

Raw Food Gourmet Chefs

The raw food trend has picked up steam in recent months, spawning “gourmet raw food chefs” and raw food cooking schools. Even classic chefs are visiting raw food restaurants to discover a cuisine that offers surprising diversity, flavor and texture.

Popular Raw Food Restaurants

Some of the more well-known raw food restaurants include Juliano’s Raw in Santa Monica, California. Juliano’s Raw was one of the first raw food restaurants to open its doors. Other well-known raw food restaurants include Pure Food & Wine in New York City, and CafĂ© Gratitude in San Francisco, California.

For a free list of raw food restaurants, be sure to request your copy of The Raw Food Restaurant Guide. The Raw Food Restaurant Guide includes up-to-date listings of raw food restaurants, plus where to buy organic produce when traveling.

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