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What Is A Raw Food Diet?

CoachMel Healthy Eating 46 Comments

Like many alternative diets, the raw food diet is in fact grounded on a few good principles.

In the westernised world we are eating far too much junk food, so shifting our focus towards more of a plant-based diet would be a healthy move for most of the population.

But, what exactly is the raw food diet?

It is based on a diet of unprocessed (preferably organic), whole plant-based foods, at least 75 percent of which should be uncooked, consisting of:

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  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Freshly made fruit and vegetable juices
  • Sun-dried fruits
  • Fresh sprouted seeds
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Young coconuts
  • Seaweeds such as nori, dulse, Laver, sea lettuce, and kombu

The Raw Food Diet Is Scientifically Flawed

However, one of the main problems with the raw food diet is that the philosophy behind it is scientifically flawed, and makes little sense biologically.

Here are some of the outlandish claims raw foodists make:

#1 Cooking food destroys its natural enzymes

While it is true to say that cooking can destroy some of the enzymes, most food enzymes are destroyed, or rendered inactive, by the acidity of the stomach anyway.

So, not cooking food doesn’t save it from this fate.

The simple fact is that plant enzymes are not needed for human digestion. Your digestive system is highly sophisticated at producing its own enzymes, which are specific to the food you eat.

In fact even if the plant enzymes did survive the digestive enzymes, your body will still produce it’s own enzymes.

#2 Cooked food is toxic

This is an idiotic theory – if cooked food was toxic, the majority of the population would have been wiped out a long time ago.

#3 White blood cells flood the stomach after eating cooked food

Apparently this is because they are trying to fight the poison that has just entered your body.

Under normal circumstances, a healthy body will not experience white blood cells entering the stomach – the stomach is simply not open to the vascular system.

This theory is not supported in any way, shape, or form by the medical literature.

#4 Cooked food is unrecognisable to the body

Again this is a complete misunderstanding of the digestive system – it assumes that the digestive system can distinguish between different foods, and their method of cooking.

It doesn’t matter whether you eat raw meat, or cooked meat, it is treated just the same. The digestive enzymes break it down, and the resulting molecules are absorbed. Whatever can’t be used will pass right through the body.

It is not dependent on whether the food was cooked, or not.

#5 Raw food is more ‘natural’

Raw foodists claim this is one of the most natural diets around, however you need to ask yourself why such a ‘natural’ diet runs the risks of being deficient in B12, zinc, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids, amongst other things?

Side Effects Of The Raw Food Diet

When Steve Pavlina went on his 30 day raw trial this is what he said about the side effects:

“The initial detox period seemed to last about two weeks. Symptoms included bad breath, chills, headaches, daytime drowsiness, mental fogginess, concentration problems, low libido, and an unstable yo-yoing of my alertness and emotional states. It wasn’t until day 14 that I began feeling consistently good on this diet.”

He also reported having severe problems with his skin:

“Perhaps the worst problem I experienced during the trial was dry skin. The problem appeared about 10 days into the trial and continued for the remainder of the trial. This left me feeling itchy all over my whole body at times, especially when I started to sweat.

The worst dry skin was on my hands. The skin on my fingers got so dry that it cracked and started to bleed in several places. Those cuts have been taking a long time to heal, although most of them are now fully recovered. I’d really like to know if this problem would correct itself over time, especially since the skin is one of the body’s major detox organs.”

I find this a very worrying indeed. Dry skin, that is cracked and bleeding, and poor wound healing… sounds like a nutritional deficiency to me, and not something to be taken lightly.

Do you really want to be following a diet that can cause such severe side effects?

Raw Food Diet Pros And Cons

What are the pros of a raw food diet?

What are the cons of a raw food diet?

  • Limited variety
  • Nutritional deficiencies – for example calcium, zinc, vitamin D and B12, iron, and protein
  • Some of the phytochemicals are more easily absorbed when the vegetable is cooked, for example lycopene in tomatoes and carotenoids in carrots
  • Higher incidence of amenorrhea in women
  • Lower bone density in some cases
  • Greater tooth enamel decay

If you are thinking of going on a raw diet, do make the effort to speak with a registered dietitian first to discuss your food plan.

They will be able to help you work on a sensible plan, and advise you on any nutritional supplements required.

How To Go Raw In A Healthy Way

So, can raw foods be incorporated into a healthy balanced diet?

Yes, without a doubt they can.

However, going 100 percent raw is dangerous, and excessive. As with all things, you should practise moderation.

To get the best from your diet try to include a combination of both raw and cooked foods.

Fresh vegetables, fruit, sprouts, nuts and seeds are good for you, but it isn’t necessary to exclude whole food groups, such as meat and dairy, or to avoid cooking your food to gain the benefit from what you’re eating.

How to safely include more raw foods in your diet:

  1. Go for sushi with raw vegetables and sheets of seaweed
  2. Eat whole nuts or seeds as a healthy snack
  3. Go for a breakfast smoothie of fresh fruit and spinach
  4. Make a salad with lots of crunchy raw veggies for lunch
  5. Choose foods that are as close to their natural form as possible

What are your thoughts on the raw food diet?

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Comments 46

  1. Armen

    Sweetheart, this is an awesome post. We were talking about the raw food thing recently, but I didn’t realise you were going to write about it.

    I wish I had the ability to get this sent around all the web…many people need to read this.

  2. Melanie

    Thank you! 🙂 After reading that post on Zen Habits again the other day, I decided it was time to write on this topic, hopefully some people who want to know the truth will find this post.

    Hi Jessica,
    I can see how easily you could get swept up with it all, they make very compelling arguments, but when you dig a little deeper you realise that their ideas are based on complete nonsense!

    But, as with all diets, this seems to be the type of info people want to hear about, never mind the boring old message of ‘healthy eating!!!’

    Hey Tanya,
    Thank you!

    I’m glad to know there is a least one sane person in the world..it really is a very dangerous diet, and annoying that it’s portrayed as if based on scientific fact!

    1. SquiggleySpooch

      could you please elaborate on why exactly you say it’s a dangerous diet? What would happen if someone ate a raw food diet for 20 years?

      1. Corinna

        I believe she enumerated, in detail, a number of reasons that a 100% raw foods diet isn’t healthy for everyone.

        I think it’s possible to healthily eat a raw foods diet, but it requires a lot of planning and research and deprivation. Food is supposed to be one of life’s great pleasures. I think eating a well-balanced diet is how you get the most out of food, emotionally AND nutritionally. Depriving yourself of so many healthy and delicious foods, as this diet requires, is excessive and overly controlling of something that should be joyful.

        Like with obesity (food addiction) and anorexia, a tightly controlled and restricted diet such as this one is another kind of food obsession. I think it’s unhealthy physically and psychologically to see food as some kind of minefield you have to maneuver carefully or get sick and die.

      2. sue

        meat and dairy are highly acidic; Dairy causes chronic inflammation. A western diet of highly acidic foods, and chronic inflammation cause all our modern disease. The rest of the world eats a plant based diet; and use meat as a condiment…..most animals don’t eat meat or dairy and are very healthy.
        you’re way off here……

        1. Shinku


          Dairy is an alkaline. One way of reducing acid reflux is to eat icecream or drink milk!
          Meat’s acidity is for the fact that most cells contains various types of acids. even your DNA is an acid. ACIDITY is not evil, your whole body is made of acids. and in most cases ENTIRELY of acids.

          Were in the hell did you get your “facts” ?

  3. Tom Parker - Free Fitness Tips

    Fantastic post Mel. I’ve heard of the Raw Food diet before but never fully researched it. Whilst the diet looks to have some good principles the first thing that screamed out to me when reading your post was ‘Where is the Protein?’. Unless you go for lots of raw meat and fish your going to be losing a whole lot of the stuff on this diet.

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  4. Vincci

    I think it’s funny how there are such strong believers in the raw diet here in the west, while in Chinese culture, some believe that cold/raw foods are bad for you! I know some people who won’t even drink cold water. That to me is enough to show that these “raw only” and “cooked only” theories are wrong.

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  5. curiousjessica

    Hi Mel,
    I couldn’t agree more. This cult mentality about raw foodism is just silly. I got suckered in when I first read about steve pavlina’s raw food diet and then again when jonathon mead of illuminated mind went down the raw path. However, the fact that steve’s wife tried the raw diet and decided it wasn’t for her makes me think it isnt the holy grail of nutrition we are promised. Tomatoes and carrots are or course the first things that sprang to my mind, also. It has made me want to include more raw vegies in my diet though, which is a good thing. I am too much of a carboholic. 🙂

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  6. Tanya

    Totally agree – great post – really informative.

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  7. Christy

    I had a friend go raw for a month or two. She lost a lot of weight this way. But it seemed like she was dropping muscle tone. She was mushy to the touch kind of like a marshmellow.

    I don’t think this is healthy at all. Currently in my weight loss journey I have problems with dry skin too. I find that I absolutely have to make sure to consume healthy fats in my diet…otherwise I have very flaky skin.

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  8. Kelly

    I was directed to your post by another site. Thanks for posting this. It was very interesting and informative. I’ve been reading a lot of books on the raw food diet but have been struck by how few of the claims are backed up by scientific information and how much is validated only by personal accounts. I appreciated hearing this side of the story.

    Kelly’s last blog post..Langoustine and Angel Hair

  9. Melanie

    Hey Tom,
    Yeah, totally agree with you, it’s just dangerous to exclude whole food groups like that. I simply cannot understand the fasination people have with fad diets!!

    Hi Christopher,
    I’m glad the post was useful, it certainly isn’t a diet to be taken lightly.

    Hi Vincci,
    I hadn’t heard about that tradition, how interesting! As you correctly said, it’s a “theory.” Personally I prefer to stick with the scientific facts, although they can get it wrong too at times, there’s less chance I’ll get terribly ill by following a more sensible approach!

    Hi Christy,
    Your friends experience sounds worrying! I hope she is better now. There’s really no getting away from the benefits of healthy oils in the diet – had you been cutting out a lot of fat prior to noticing the effects on your skin?

    Hi Kelly,
    I’m glad you found my post. I too am shocked by how so many people are willing to put their lot in with a diet that is so loosely supported by science, in my view if a diet relys heavly on personal testimonials it’s worth being wary of.

    Hey Justin,
    Thank you 🙂

  10. Christy

    Melanie – I have been following Weight Watchers and trying to stick to my daily points. I would eat fat on occasion but for the most part I would try to get the most out of my points. Now that has changed since my skin gets so dry. I eat my healthy fats/oils and stick to the healthy guidelines WW’s preaches.

    Christy’s last blog post..Mindless Munching

  11. Kath

    I love what you said about the human population being wiped out – very true. And iron deficiency is a very important concern, as plant iron isn’t absorbed nearly as well as heme-iron from meat. Clearly we are a species that evolved eating meat and cooked foods. That doesn’t mean that they are the healthiest choices all the time or that raw foods aren’t a very healthy way to eat, but it is an argument that meat and cooked foods have a time and place in the human diet if the person so chooses to eat them morally.

    Kath’s last blog post..Pecan Party

  12. Melanie

    Hey Christy,
    That’s good news, I’m glad you’ve found the balance that works for you.

    Hi Kath,
    Yes, I agree with you, everything has a time and a place, both raw and cooked. We don’t want to be excessive in anything. But, the fact that iron is more easily absorbed from meat, demonstrates to me that a little in the diet is a good thing.

  13. Ryan

    while i am not raw i will be by the Lords grace soon. it is the way we were made to eat plants not dead flesh. the biggest animals on earth are vegan or “raw foodist” plants have all the protein we nedd as well as nuts and seeds and the best “sprouts” studies have been done most of the world including meat or cooked food eaters are low in b12 it comes from the soil how do you think the animal gets it . so i respect your opinion i have to see that you are just not informed properly may your eyes be opened and your life blessed with truth take care 🙂

  14. Bette

    Hi Melanie
    I have a question an your statement concerning enzymes. In your article, “What is a Raw Food Diet.”, you said the body produces it’s own enzymes. However, the raw foodists’ sites say those enzymes are for the body’s own use to break down a nutrient atom into it’s elements for use by the body and the raw food enzymes help to break down the food in the stomach. Their point is that when we cook foods, we destroy that food’s enzymes which then must be replaced by the body’s limited enzymes. So, does this mean that I am harming my body when I cook my vegetables.

  15. TrickyKiD

    These are only your thoughts, man. How could this be a good article if it is not based on facts? You did a research? Just can’t agree with it…

    Let’s see only one of your points: ” White blood cells flood the stomach after eating cooked food” who, ever said that? Actually it is: “Dr. Kouchakoff’s discovery concerned leukocytes (the white blood cells). It was found that after a person eats cooked food, his/her blood responds immediately by increasing the number of these cells.” from http://www.rawfoodinfo.com/articles/art_leukocytosisandcooked.html

    So what now? twisting the info just to prove your point? Well done!

  16. George

    This article is too unstructured and unsourced to be useful. The points you should be answering are the following

    Does cooking food significantly reduce its nutrition? You don’t answer this. You just give a nonsense wishy-washy half answer.

    Does a raw food diet give you more energy? This is what I’m actually curious about.

    Plus your tone is awful. Very angry and sarcastic. I can’t believe you got so many positive comments.

  17. Andy

    I feel that people should jump in and google to look for some truths here. To get you started here is a link on humans eating meat…yes its a vegetarian site, but if you dont beleive it keep digging, and not the governments food triangle, its purpose is not to keep you healthy, but to support things such as the meat industry.


    I am on a raw food diet and OMG I feel better than ever. I’ve gone from a tired grumpy sluggish person to feeling alive, mind body and spirit. Yes I had the dry skin during the first few weeks when my body was releasing toxic waste, and had my days that I felt like crap. If you do your research and eat responsibly on a raw food diet then you will have more nutrition than your body ever has had, including protien. I suggest putting all your raw foods in a blender and blend away, that way you are sure to consume the right amount to keep your body balanced and healthy. I am sure this article was done with good intention, but always look deeper when you really want the truth, not just the truth you want to hear!

    1. Pavla

      I agree 100% Andy. Also on raw diet, it saved me from my sugar addiction, have no cravings whatsoever now, and i have been trying to cut the sugar for years, never lasted more then 3 days, now I m 3 months and i feel great, my skin has improved and i dont feel like eating the damn sweet stuff. So happy i have tried, not sure if i stay 100% raw, but will try to keep at least 70% and the rest mostly vegan cooked food. I also researched on the meat and dairy industries and it made me sick and horrified to see what happens to the animals, just so we can enjoy food… the problem that people dont want to see…, the industry gives us this picture of happy cow feeding on the grass in happy farm, meanwhile fed by corn and growth stimulants and pump with antibiotics, never seeing grass even from the distance! In order for us to have our glass of milk, the calf is removed from the mother after birth, both of them crying for even several days, then when the cow stop giving milk they get her pregnant again, and the circle goes on…until she finished at the slaughter house….. how disgusting… I m never gonna drink milk again or other dairy.

      1. Melanie

        Hi Pavla,
        Thanks for your comments. I agree with you it is really shocking how some animals are treated, and I know that it’s something I need to look into more fully.

        If you go to a 70% raw food diet, what foods will you add back in then?

  18. Catherine

    Hello! This is a very old article, so I don’t know if you check the comments still, but I wanted to say that I’m just starting a high-raw diet myself, and I really appreciate this article. I’m so glad to hear that the tired-feelings will go away!

    I did want to say though that so far I am enjoying the variety I can have on this diet–and on less than I thought. I spend a little more on groceries, but I eat out waay less. I also wanted to say that some of these claims are made by the “crazy raw foodists”–the ones who go on and on about “living in abundance” and try to force everyone within a ten-mile radius to go raw. The same people who won’t drink tea unless it’s warmed by the sun (if it’s hot enough to make tea without a microwave, why would I want tea?) and freak out if their raisins aren’t “sun dried” (*it is the same thing*). Mostly, I like the raw diet because in cooking, you end up adding A LOT of extra oil and butter so that your food doesn’t stick and/or burn. It’s also possible to get protein without animal meat, and it’s better for you because it’s low in cholesterol. I’ve also seen a lot of raw recipes that call for flaxseed *specifically* to make sure that you are consuming enough omega3s.

    Is it a little extreme? Sure. That’s why I eat rice (no butter, which is disgusting anyway), sushi (not often–expensive!) and dried fruit that isn’t technically raw but that isn’t overly processed or filled with preservatives. It’s just helpful to have a hard-and-fast rule when it comes to eating that usually leads to a healthy outcome. 🙂

    1. Melanie

      Hi Catherine,
      Thanks for sharing your thoughtful ideas on the raw food diet. Your approach to it is very interesting. I suppose you get extremely enthusiastic individuals whatever diet you look into. I have recently noticed that in particular from Paleo circles, too.

  19. Ellen

    I think that people who are for example intolerant or allergic to gluten or milk probably feel a lot better when on a raw food diet because there are no gluten and milkproducts in it and if you are gluten/milk intolerant without knowing it and eating gluten/milk you might have all sorts of symtoms including depression. in that case it might just be enough to just not eat gluten/milk to feel better.

    I tried the raw food diet a couple of years ago and it did not work at all for me.

  20. Pamie

    Melanie, thank you for the article, I really do appreciate hearing all sides to the raw food debate because some of it is wacky, but most of it is helpful! I started out on a 3 day juice fast that morphed into a 9 week (and counting) vegan-raw-food-detox-diet! It was not my intention, but this is where I am, for now. One thing that I do know from the past 9 weeks is that it isn’t all glorious like some raw foodist would have you to belive. I was tired, runny nose, long menstrual periods, dry skin and serious food cravings!!

    However, prior to 9 weeks, I felt worse, mentally and physically. I was exhausted, high blood pressure and my digestion was mess. My doctor perscribe Zantac, Prylosec, Lipitore and we talked about Prozac. I knew enough to know that I didn’t want to go down that road and I truly belived that my problems all stemed from my diet. So, I took a leap, I cut out all food and beverages except for water, raw fruits and vegtable with some seeds and nuts. I feel so much better, no meds, my mind is clear, and I have lost weight in the process. However thats not the important point; what’s important is that sometimes you have to try out a few things, even if it seems radical. For me, taking pharmaceutical drugs is more radical than eating raw fuits and veggies. To be honest, I’m not sure how long I will stay with this 100% raw food thing, but for now, I feel a lot better and that’s a good start.

  21. Giovanni Di placido

    #5 Raw food is more ‘natural’

    Raw foodists claim this is one of the most natural diets around, however you need to ask yourself why such a ‘natural’ diet runs the risks of being deficient in B12, zinc, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids, amongst other things?

    You mention that raw diet can be deficient in B12, vitamin D , Omega 3 etc. Are you confusing raw with vegan diet, because you could be raw, but be a meat or animal eater, i.e.: Inuits and tribal people around the world. I my self experimented with eating raw eggs every day for a year along with a vegetarian diet, witch which was 70%.
    Today I do not eat any animal products, but do consume allot of sun light, Yeast flakes and 75%-80% raw.
    I was thinking of moving into a inuit village were I could experiment with a raw meat diet with little fruits or vegetables.

    1. Melanie

      Hi Giovanni, I take your point about some raw foodists eating raw meat, that it correct, but in my experience those people are less common in the raw food community. Would you not agree with that? That would be a very interesting experiment, I’d love to hear how you get on with that. I’m sure you could write a book on your experiences 🙂

  22. Kevin

    My wife went on a 100% raw food diet, she had type 2 Diabetes, after 3 weeks her glucose level went back to normal. Diet includes, dehydrated bread made with flax seeds, nuts, olive oil and onions. Avocados, Apples, Carrots, Guavas, Raw sweet potato chips – dehydrated included in the diet. Juicing carots, cucumbers, beets, celery, and more, making sure to add ground flax seeds to add back in some fibers. For tea, Chaga and Reshni tea with coconut milk, no coffee. Cereal with raw nuts, seeds and coconut milk, no peanuts and cashews. Sprouted chick peas, sprouted lentils, alfara sprouts with lettuce, and sprouted fennel greek seeds. She juice better melon and drink every day. Pine nuts spread for living bread, made with lemons, sea salt and a raw food lasagna. Her cholesterol and PH balance also went back to normal, no more cold sore and Candida.

    1. Melanie

      That is pretty interesting. Does your wife plan to continue eating like that, or transition to something a bit less restrictive?

  23. Caroline

    I would have appreciated this article more if it had been more evenly balanced. It would have been effortless to have a second candidate report on the life-changing benefits they experienced. I’m not a raw foodie, but I do pay careful attention to what I eat. I have found that in the past, a fantastic way to break from my sugar, salt and caffeine cravings is to follow a raw diet for a week or two. It’s the only meal plan that I’ve found that delivers fantastic and consistent results. My plan includes a lot of plant-based fats; coconut oil, nuts and avocados are used generously. I think the absolute biggest gain for me is the mental clarity and energy boost. Unlike Steve, my skin looks fantastic! I think that I try to keep my food portion at least 60–70% raw most of the time. I’m amused that you didn’t try this for yourself and that nearly every post that follows are comments by others who haven’t tried it. I’m not terribly amused that as a result of a seemingly biased, side-line commentary, other people will be thwarted by even giving it a chance. Heart disease in this country is rampant, the numbers extreme. A raw diet is only extreme if you pair it with the SAD.

  24. Sean

    This isn’t a very well researched article. I will just answer all of the cons.

    Limited variety.
    A: I eat way more variety than anyone I know on the SAD diet as I dont eat wheat that is usually the main food in peoples diet and have 20-30 diffrent kinds of seasonal fruit / veg a day.

    Nutritional deficiencies – for example calcium, zinc, vitamin D and B12, iron, and protein.
    A: All of them are bountiful on a ballanced raw vegan diet with sunshine bar B12. Most people are deficient in B12 because of the high powered washes used on vegetables that remove beneficial microbes. Eat non commercial veg or take a supplement,

    Some of the phytochemicals are more easily absorbed when the vegetable is cooked, for example lycopene in tomatoes and carotenoids in carrots.
    A: This is a small minority limited to a few items and juicing them makes them even more easily absorbed than cooking them.

    Higher incidence of amenorrhea in women
    Lower bone density in some cases
    Greater tooth enamel decay
    A: All are contentious, and easily avoidable on a balanced diet.

  25. Rebecca

    I think perhaps it may be worthwhile to look into the Raw DETOX Diet, which is a diet developed by nutritionist Natalia Rose that integrates increasingly higher percentages of raw food into each individual’s diet gradually, based on individual assessment. For example, Rose would not recommend starting out with anything above 70 percent of your diet being raw, which seems quite reasonable, if you are overweight and regularly consume products with preservatives as the detox would be too dramatic. It seems that is what may be happening in someone experiencing problems with dry skin or fatigue – I have to say that I was overjoyed to see the opposite effect as my skin was finally clear, smooth, and even in tone for the first time in my life. This version of the raw diet does include some cooked foods including meat and omelettes made from products of free range livestock. The diet also closely follows the principles of food-combination which suggest eating fruit alone, at least 30 minutes before consuming any other foods, and keeping meat/dairy and starches/carbohydrates separate from one another by at least 4 hours. I have not researched the scientific merits of this theory extensively, but from my personal experience, following the Raw Detox Diet to include about 70-80% raw food daily, I was rewarded with increased energy and focus, clearer skin, a slight amount of weight loss, and improved digestion. I began the diet because I have issues digesting dairy, gluten, and sugar, and I had met people with similar allergies who had success with the diet. I also started out with a slight vitamin D deficiency, problems absorbing B12 and zinc, and a slight overproduction of both testosterone and estrogen before starting the diet and saw signficant improvement after a few months. I would attest this primarily to improved efficiency of my digestive system in absorbing nutrients, though this could have simply been due to the fact that I was no longer eating foods that my body was reacting badly to.

    My main contemplation on the science has been this: From what I have read, one nutritional factor of raw food to consider is the integrity of its vitamin content. I’ve read that over-cooking vegetables and meat, for example, can degrade the vitamins rendering the food nutritionally barren. However, it seems that consuming cooked food is a much more efficient way for the body to extract energy from food, as it has to expend less energy to digest it. Our ability as a species to cook our food is likely, they say, to have given us a major edge in our evolution. And surely enough, in the US, we seem to be so well equipped with energetically efficent food that we are collectively storing all of this unused, saved energy in the form of excess fat contributing to record overweight and obesity. However, vitamin deficiencies are still prevalent even in a developed nation such as the US. As we’ve recently discovered that taking vitamins in the form of supplements and tablets is inferior to consuming them in the form of whole foods, it seems like a diet consisting primarily of raw food (which also often recommends buying organic, local produce to ensure absorption is not compromised by the use of pesticides) would be a viable solution. In your professional opionin as a dietician, is this hypothesis grounds for supporting a primarily raw based diet?

    Thank you for your post and your consideration.

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