A diet rich in raw, unprocessed foods can boost the health of the body and increase your energy levels, according to a study.
The findings are published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.
The study, led by researchers from Harvard Medical School, the University of Washington and the National Institutes of Health, used data from nearly 100,000 people.
It looked at the health benefits of raw foods, which are often considered unhealthy but also often contain ingredients that have health benefits.
The researchers said they found raw foods did not appear to be associated with increased risks of obesity, heart disease or diabetes.
Instead, they found that the health gains from raw foods could be related to improvements in the quality of the nutrients they contained.
The benefits of the study were most pronounced for people with the metabolic syndrome, which includes high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
“We found that people with metabolic syndrome have lower levels of nutrients and a greater likelihood of suffering from cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke and diabetes, compared to the general population,” lead author Jessica Gaffney, an associate professor of nutrition at Harvard Medical College, told ABC News.
“It may be that people who are metabolically healthy are more susceptible to those health conditions.”
The research team found that individuals who ate a diet of raw vegetables, fruits and whole grains, and who were less physically active were more likely to benefit from the health boost.
They found that consuming the foods at the highest levels of nutritional value, the group who ate more raw foods had the best health benefits, the researchers wrote.
The team also found that eating raw foods was associated with lower levels and risk of heart disease, which can lead to high blood pressures and other conditions, but the health effects were not as strong.
The new research is important because it is the first study to show a direct link between the health benefit of raw food and the healthfulness of its ingredients, Gaffey said.
She said that the study found the health advantages of raw are more pronounced for individuals who have metabolic syndrome and those with a higher body mass index, which is higher than 20, while the health advantage of raw meats was similar for people who were overweight or obese.
She also said that those who ate the foods in the highest-quality groups had better health outcomes.
Gaffsey said that as people get older, it may be time to start eating a raw diet, which may be more healthful for you, especially if you are a diabetic.
“This is a very, very good news finding because it suggests that a diet rich, unadulterated foods, with their nutrient-dense, non-processed components, are more likely than their processed counterparts to promote health,” she said.
“The findings are so significant, it’s very, quite remarkable.”
The study was published in a paper titled “The health benefits and benefits of low-fat, high-nutrition diets: a randomized controlled trial.”
It was funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.