5 thoughts on “Raw food diets: Healthy or not?

  1. aletheia says:

    I absolutely love eating raw. I started incorporating more raw vegetables into my diet sometime in August of last year and I have definitely felt the benefits of doing so – both physically and mentally. However, I am glad that you pointed out things to be cautious of – particularly nutritional deficiencies. Some people believe that eating a 100% raw food diet is totally nutritionally-sufficient, but the truth is that, unless you’re David Wolfe or something, a 100% raw vegan diet is very very difficult to thrive on. I think a good balance would be to eat at least half of your veggies, maybe up to 70-75%, raw – the important thing is to try to derive the best nutritional benefits from as many plant sources as possible, using a variety of different preparations (cooked or uncooked), and of course, to enjoy the eating experience meanwhile! It’s all about balance!

    :-) aletheia

  2. MarkSpizer says:

    great post as usual!

  3. Lisa says:

    Thanks for this post! I am “into” raw foods, but at the same time like the idea of not being too intent on labeling things/diets. It seems sometimes people get caught up in the labels—-when we could just call ourselves “healthy eaters” and do whatever that entails! For me, it’s eating lots and lots of raw food, supplementing with vit D and B12, and also incorporating whole grains, plant protein, and cooked veg too (not to mention meat and cheese occasionally…ok, and a little ice cream!). As for the bone mass issue, I think some people get too hung up on that as being a problem with raw foods specifically—I just do lots of exercise and eat lots of mineral-rich greens. Hopefully this will be enough in the end!
    Thanks for your perspective. I’m enjoying browsing through your posts, and learning a lot about green living!
    Lisa

  4. I eat about a 70% raw diet and it work perfectly for me!

  5. I’m so love this blog, already bookmarked it! Thanks.

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