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Is a diet of raw food the path to radiant health – or is it a slap in the face to science?


At some point or another most foods have their superstar moment. Right now, it’s raw food that’s being hailed. The idea is simple: eat plant-based, uncooked, ‘live’ foods that haven’t been exposed to heat above 47 degrees and you’ll be provided with more nutrients than if you ate those same foods cooked. Because, claim those living a raw lifestyle, when you heat food above this temperature, you destroy much of its nutrient value, while making it harder for your body to digest it since the naturally occurring digestive enzymes are destroyed.

There is some debate among followers as to how strict one needs to be. Some eat raw between 75% and 85% of the time (a raw diet of at least 80% is considered optimal), while others eat a 100% raw diet. And though a few eat meat, the vast majority follow either a vegetarian or vegan diet, sticking to plenty of fruit, veg, nuts, seeds, herbs, flowers, seaweeds, cold-pressed oils and sprouts.

So, unhealthy fats are out, along with processed foods, hormones, artificial flavouring and preservatives – all good news, considering that the average Western diet features too many nasties and too few of the recommended five servings of fruit and veg a day. Add in plenty of alkaline-forming foods (green leaves, certain grains and non-sweet fruits such as squash, tomato and aubergine), remove highly acidic foods (meat, refined sugars, trans fats, processed soy products, coffee and fizzy drinks) and you have what seems to be the answer to all our dietary problems.

So, should we be switching off our stoves and taking a vow of raw?

Yes (say the raw foodists)
It’s not all celery and carrots: as long as the food is served below 47 degrees it’s still considered raw. Eating cooked food depletes the body’s store of enzymes till you eventually can’t digest food properly any more. The result, they say, is a feeling of lethargy and exhaustion.

80%– the percentage of raw food in your diet that is considered optimal by raw foodists.

Maybe (say the dieticians)
Many aspects of the raw food diet are very healthy, including the fact that processed, refined foods are eliminated and an emphasis is placed on whole foods and cardio-protective fats. But the diet can be deficient in certain nutrients. While more nutrients are usually available in foods that are not heated or highly processed, some nutrients are actually better absorbed in foods that have been cooked. For example, the body’s ability to absorb the beta carotene, found in orange, red and yellow veggies, increases when these vegetables are cooked.

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No (say the scientists)
The basis of raw foodists’ arguments for this way of eating (the idea that heating food destroys its enzymes) is false, because the human body already makes the enzymes needed to digest foods.

Raw for beginners

  1. Slowly introduce new raw foods into your existing diet, and for 30 days commit to removing foods such as wheat, dairy, trans fats and sugar from your diet.
  2. Try keeping one meal a day raw – so, a salad for lunch or a raw smoothie for breakfast.
  3. Add raw veggies to each meal – a side of cucumber slices, a bowl of fruit or a dip made from raw nuts blended with fresh herbs.

Before you start!
A raw food diet is unsuitable for pregnant and breast-feeding women, infants and children, the elderly, and those at risk of osteoporosis. Always consult your doctor before making a radical lifestyle change.

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