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Put a Spring in Your Step
with Raw Food Supplementation
by Julie Powell - Healthy Living Article


Raw has become all the rage, which begs the question, “What does RAW truly mean?” Raw foods and raw supplements are teeming with live probiotics and enzymes that can only be present in an uncooked product. Garden of Life’s raw standard means ingredients are produced and manufactured below 115 degrees Fahrenheit to protect these precious living nutrients. Raw means untreated, unadulterated and has nothing artificial added.

So how can you incorporate more raw into your goal of achieving better overall health, shaking up a mundane meal plan or slipping into a smaller size with renewed vigor? One way to help reach all your health-related resolutions is to introduce raw foods and supplements in to your diet. And one company dedicated to the finest raw, whole food-based products is Garden of Life.


A common misconception about a raw lifestyle has to do with protein. This may not be too surprising because all you have to do is look around and you will see many Americans consuming meat on a regular basis. There is even a popular slogan that reads, “beef, it’s what’s for dinner,” implying that nothing else belongs on the plate or at least that the meal must be built around meat.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, “Now more than ever America is a nation of meat eaters. In 2000, total meat consumption (red meat, poultry and fish) reached 195 pounds (boneless, trimmed-weight equivalent) per person, 57 pounds above average annual consumption in the 1950s.” While the percentage of fat and the proportion of saturated fat in the US food supply from meat have declined since that time, there are some compelling reasons to cut back on meat intake and increase the amount of raw food in your diet.

A recent study published in the January 2010 issue of Diabetes Care states “diets high in animal protein are associated with an increased diabetes risk,” while it also reports, “Vegetable protein was not related to diabetes.” Another study appearing in the Diabetes and Metabolism Journal in August 2011 discusses the risk of animal fat consumption and diabetes. Based on glucose level testing, researchers conclude women with gestational diabetes mellitus (diabetes that starts or is first diagnosed during pregnancy) are at a high risk for type 2 diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease. As such, it may be important to educate this group “about the risks of excessive animal fat intake during pregnancy and the postpartum period.”

In some of the most recent research, presented in the March 2012 issue of Nutrition Reviews, researchers report on the effects of plant-based protein consumption and its link to a decreased risk for breast cancer. Researchers state that early onset of puberty may be associated with adverse health consequences. Therefore, factors that influence the timing of puberty are of great public health significance. “Current observational studies suggest notable associations between dietary intakes and pubertal timing beyond contributions to an energy imbalance: children with the highest intakes of vegetable protein or animal protein experience pubertal onset seven months later or seven months earlier, respectively.” Girls with high isoflavone (organic compounds, many of which act as phytoestrogens or dietary estrogens) intakes may also experience the onset of breast development and peak height velocity approximately 7-8 months later. “Thus, dietary patterns characterized by higher intakes of vegetable protein and isoflavones, and lower intakes of animal protein may contribute to a lower risk of breast cancer or a lower total mortality.”

It is important to note that beef, dairy, eggs and protein are not the only sources of protein. Plant-based proteins are a viable alternative for those of us looking to shake up our diets. The Harvard School of Public Health’s Healthy Eating Pyramid suggests that half of your daily protein intake should be from plant-based proteins. Legumes are good sources of proteins, as you can get 22 grams of protein from a half-cup serving of small red beans. There is a catch, however. Animal sources of protein are generally “complete,” meaning they have all the essential amino acids (building blocks of protein) that our bodies require, whereas plant-based protein sources are rarely considered complete. Thus, people who receive all or most of their protein from plants need to make sure they get a variety of plant sources, which when combined can make a complete protein. For instance, rice added to red beans makes a complete protein. But what about the days when you don’t have the time or energy to plan your meals properly?


RAW Protein by Garden of Life makes the incorporation of plant-based protein into your diet simple and convenient. One serving of this certified organic, raw and vegan supplement contains 17 grams of protein through a combination of 13 different plant sources of protein—all delivered with only 3 grams of carbohydrates. Each serving has all essential amino acids, which is important because proteins control virtually all cellular processes. The plants used in RAW Protein are all sprouted to help aid digestion. To further help digestion this product contains live probiotics and enzymes.

Researchers write in the September 2008 issue of the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology that while the exact mechanisms and pathogenesis of probiotics are still being discovered, “It remains clear that probiotics are able to reduce gastrointestinal inflammation.” RAW Protein also has Vitamin Code RAW vitamins, including the important fat-soluble vitamins A, D (as D2), E and K (including K2 as MK-7), which may be lacking in raw, vegan diets. And while it is full of fiber, with each serving containing 3 grams of fiber, Garden of Life leaves out binders, fillers and artificial ingredients. This description of ingredients may have you wondering about the flavor. RAW Protein is available in a flavor-neutral powder that mixes well with most foods and beverages.

RAW Protein & Greens is a delicious addition to the Garden of Life protein family, RAW Protein & greens is a Certified USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified combination of clean organic plant protein and organic veggies. Why is Certified Organic and Non-GMO Verified important? In addition to clean tasting better, concentrating plants—proteins and veggie powders—makes them super nutritious in small, calorie-controlled servings. Conventional farming uses toxic pesticides and fertilizer that can leave residue, or GMOs, then all of that would be concentrated too. That’s why we are careful to use only organically-farmed ingredients.

What is the protein source in RAW Protein & greens? Providing 20g of delicious, smooth protein per serving, the RAW, organic plant protein used in RAW Protein & greens is derived from organic pea, organic sprouted brown rice, organic chia, organic navy bean (sprout), organic lentil bean (sprout) and organic garbanzo bean (sprout).

What about the greens in RAW Protein & greens? The blend of six nutrient-rich, energizing, organic greens and veggies in RAW Protein & greens includes organic alfalfa grass juice which has six times the nutrient density of whole leaf grass, plus organic spinach, organic kale, organic broccoli, organic carrot and organic beet.

What else should I know about RAW Protein & greens? Because digestive and immune system health is so important to overall wellness, Garden of Life also included 1.5 billion live probiotics and 13 Non-GMO enzymes in RAW Protein & greens, along with 3g of organic fiber.


One of the common reasons people choose to eat raw is to improve the nutrient density of the foods they consume. Raw foods retain so many of their nutrients that they are a natural fit for anyone looking to add more nutrient-rich foods to their diet.

Perfect Food RAW is another high-quality raw product to help achieve great health. It has 34 nutrient-dense, raw, organically grown greens (including wheat, barley and alfalfa grass juices), sprouts (including quinoa, chia and flax) and vegetable juices in every serving. With naturally occurring antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids, essential acids and dozens of phytonutrients, your body is getting important nutrients to support good nutritional habits.

Like the RAW protein, Perfect Food RAW has a mild flavor, but Garden of Life will soon release a certified organic chocolate flavor, without any added sugars, colors, synthetic or artificial ingredients.

Going hand in hand with nutrient density, is raw food’s ability to make your calories count. You have probably heard the term “empty calories” in reference to a food or beverage that contains plenty of calories but has little or no redeeming nutritional value. Some common examples are alcohol, soda, solid fats and sugar.

According to an October 25, 2010, National Institutes of Health article, it is not just adults who have to be cautious of empty calories. Researchers found that nearly 40 percent of energy consumed by 2- to 18-year-olds comes from empty calories. “Half of those empty calories come from solid fats and added sugars in just 6 sources: soda, fruit drinks, dairy desserts, grain desserts, pizza and whole milk.” Even more alarming is that this empty calorie consumption has contributed to a nation where 1 in 3 children is overweight or obese, which increases the likelihood of developing diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and asthma.

So while some people may worry that it will be hard to replace calories when going raw because raw foods pack so much nutrition in to fewer calories, many others may be worried about getting too many calories for themselves and their children. The good news is that we often have alternatives. Two teaspoons of refined sugar has about the same number of calories as a small red apple, but all the sugar provides you with is calories. The apple contains natural sugars, but also provides fiber, vitamins, water for hydration, antioxidant value from the pigments of its skin and a variety of other living cofactors including enzymes.

Garden of Life expertly addresses both calorie concerns with its raw, certified organic, vegan meal replacement. RAW Meal contains 26 superfoods from raw organic seeds, grains, sprouts, and greens, which provide 33 grams of protein, 14 grams of fiber (soluble and insoluble) and 4 grams of healthy fat (no trans fat). Fiber is seen as one important component of a weight-loss plan. RAW Meal also provides live probiotics, enzymes, and 20 Vitamin Code RAW food-created vitamins and minerals whose probiotic culturing process creates additional nutrients including beta-glucans, SOD, glutathione and CoQ10. Raw Meal also has a new vanilla and chocolate flavor coming.

Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD, puts it simply, “Dietary fiber is not a magic weight loss weapon, but is has the power to help fill you up without filling you out.” With 20 Vitamin Code vitamins and minerals, it also meets at least 100 percent of the daily value of 16 key nutrients.

Getting enough dietary fiber in your diet can be a daily challenge. Raw Fiber by Garden of Life fulfills your dietary fiber needs and ensures that you are getting the best nutritional ingredients, in a raw, organic formula for optimal bowel and overall health. Raw Fiber goes way beyond traditional fibers. Raw Fiber by Garden of Life is a certified organic, RAW, vegan daily fiber formula with 15 RAW, organic superfoods specifically selected for their exceptional ability to support and maintain optimal bowel function, digestive and overall health.


You may even consider springing into a Raw Cleanse to get your health on track. RAW Cleanse is a gentle, fast-acting, seven-day cleanse that is entirely different from other cleanses available anywhere. RAW Cleanse works first to support the health of the entire digestive tract and immune system health, and then aids the liver in removing toxins. Finally, RAW Cleanse aids the digestive system in trapping toxins and transporting them out of the body.

Garden of Life’s new Raw Cleanse is the only RAW cleanse and detox program available today. For those looking for the ultimate cleanse experience, raw has always represented the highest nutritional standard. RAW Cleanse by Garden of Life features uncooked, untreated and unadulterated ingredients that are designed to support your body’s natural digestive and detoxification systems.

In your quest to meet your health and fitness goals, Garden of Life’s line of RAW supplements are helpful tools—just as it can be helpful to have a good workout partner or to keep a food journal. Garden of Life’s RAW Protein, Raw Meal, Raw Fiber, Raw Perfect Food, and Raw Vitamin Code nutritional supplements are cleverly crafted with raw, whole food vitamins, minerals, probiotics, enzymes and other cofactors to help make your lifestyle a little easier and whole lot healthier!

RAW Fit - High Protein for Weight Loss!†

RAW Fit is a USDA Certified Organic, RAW, plant-based vegan high-protein powder that is an easy way to increase your protein intake. It has a mild, slightly sweet flavor that mixes great with your favorite food or beverage and contains RAW, organic and clinically studied ingredients to help you burn fat, maintain healthy blood sugar, boost your energy, lose weight and look great!†

  • Comes in four delicious flavors - Regular, Marley coffee, Chocolate, and Vanilla
  • Support healthy blood sugar levels and burn fat naturally with the power of Svetol Green Coffee Bean Extract, RAW Food Created Chromium, Organic Cinnamon, and Organic Sprouted Grains†
  • Help regulate your cortisol levels and manage stress related cravings with RAW Organic Ashwagandha†
  • Build lean muscle mass, help repair it after work-outs and sustain it on a sensible meal plan with 28g of RAW certified organic plant protein—a complete protein with 13 organic sprouts and a biological value of 98.2%!
  • Naturally filling and satisfies hunger with RAW Organic Soluble and Insoluble Fiber from certified organic grains, seeds, legumes and fruits Promotes healthy and comfortable digestion and elimination with live probiotics and enzymes†

Why RAW Really Matters:

Heat can denature proteins, reducing their availability to your body. But Garden of Life’s USDA Certified Organic plant proteins are different; always gently produced at low temperatures, without any added fillers or carriers (like maltodextrin which can come from GMO corn) preserving their complete amino acid integrity and whole-food, Certified Organic, Non-GMO goodness.

Resources - Book & Products:

Raw Truth Book by Jordan Rubin

Raw Protein information

Raw Protein & Greens

Perfect Food Raw information

Raw Meal information

Raw Fiber information

Raw Cleanse information

Vitamin Code Raw Vitamin Supplement information

Garden of Life product information

Resources Articles:

Guidelines & Suggestions for Better Nutrition for a Healthier You!
Also: Nutritional Support After Internal Cleansing

By Christine Dreher, CCH, CCH

Raw is Good for Your Health, Are Your Vitamins Raw?
By David Steinman – Healthy Living Article

The RAW Revolution
Doctor’s Prescription for Healthy Living Article

Cracking the Code – The Vitamin Code
By Garden of Life

Is Your Multivitamin Raw?
Freedom Press Article – Interview with Paul Nison, Raw Food Expert

Enzyme Nutrition 101
By Garden of Life Health Writers
Edited by Christine Dreher, CCN, CCH

Raw Enzymes: The Next Generation of Enzymes for Digestive Health
by Garden of Life

RAW Extraordinary Probiotics - The Next Generation of Digestive Health
By Joseph Brasco, MD – Doctor’s Prescription for Healthy Living Article

Legends, Inspiration and the Raw Truth about Your Health
Interview with Author of The Raw Truth Book - Jordan Rubin By Healthy Living

The Vitamin Code Introduction

The Vitamin Code Book
by Jordan Rubin

Why Raw Multivitamins? The Vitamin Code Story

Raw Interview with Jordan Rubin, “Raw Truth” Author
by Health Experts at Healthy Living Magazine & Christine Dreher, CCN, CCH

Cleansing in the Raw
By Garden of Life Health Writers


Note: The content provided in this article is intended for informational and educational purposes only and is not intended to take the place of professional medical advice. You are encouraged to consult with your medical health care provider regarding any health concern or health-related condition you may have.


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Hwang YJ et al. A comparative study of eating habits and food intake in women with gestational diabetes according to early postpartum glucose tolerance status. Diabetes Metab J. 2011 Aug;35(4):354-63.

Cheng G et al. Beyond overweight: nutrition as important lifestyle factor influencing timing of puberty. Nutr Rev. 2012 Mar;70(3):133-52.

Fedorak RN. Understanding why probiotic therapies can be effective in treating IBD. J ClinGastroenterol. 2008 Sep;42.

Zelman, K. The Benefits of Fiber: For Your Heart, Weight, and Energy. High Fiber Diets and Weight Loss. WebMD Feature. Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD on October 29, 2010. ber-healthbenefits-11/fiber-weight-control?page=1. Accessed 1 March 2012.

Wein, H. NIH Research Matters. Where Kids Get Their Empty Calories. 25 October 2010. Accessed 1 March 2012.


†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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