As one individual, who has actually tried Raw Foods for extended periods, I have a few comments...
People who go on raw foods feel so much better(except for the cleansing episodes) that it seems like the only way to go.
There is one problem. Most who go on raw foods begin to have uncontrollable cravings, excessive weight loss, and
eventually low energy. While some of the cravings are addictive in nature, others seem to be from missing nutrition.
As usually done(Raw Vegan) it seems to be an inadequate diet. Particularly in children, it is a problem.
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Part of the problem is that available foods are usually lacking in nutrients. A good example is iron, which is often lacking
in a Vegan diet. Properly grown(not necessarily organic) vegetables can have 15 times the iron of typical ones making
adequate iron possible.
Another factor is genetic drift. Your ancestors adapted to low quality food and or meat or died. Our bodies don't make enough
DHA or conjugated linoleic acid, etc. Even vegetarian societies like Indians get nutrients from animal contaminants, such as insects.
Few animals are exclusively vegetarian. Even cows eat grass, feed it to Protozoans, kill the Protozoans and digest them. They
also don't carefully pick the insects off what they eat.
Bottom line is be very careful about going Raw Vegan. Only a few have been successful longterm(did they just cheat?) Ann Wigmore
used fermented wheat sprouts and seems to have had long term success without cheating.
Animal foods have their own issues. Pasteurized milk causes plenty of problems. If raw milk comes from properly cared for cows it
is safer. One problem and the FDA is all over it, while health issues with pasteurization are ignored. The FDA is obsessed with sterilized
food. E. Coli strains that kill Americans are endemic in Brazil.
There are people who eat 100% raw meat Raw Paleo Forum
and claim to be healthier than before.
It is certainly more nourishing than a cooked Atkins diet. I simply don't believe them when it comes to parasites and bacterial contamination.
Aajonus VonderPlanitz advocates what he calls the Primal Diet. It includes Raw Dairy, Raw vegetable juices, and Raw Meat. He looks healthy
and strong at 60, in spite of nearly killing himself with poisonous mushrooms. He claims to have beat cancer...
He seems about as trustworthy as a used car salesman, though. I highly recommend reading him for entertainment if nothing else!
I personally eat a high raw diet that includes eggs and and fish. I refuse to beat myself up over occasional cooked food. Bacteria
in your intestines create more "toxins" than cooking ever made. Still if I eat a cooked meal I swell up 2-3 lbs for a few days.If I eat
mostly raw food, I lose my taste for cooked. If I eat too much cooked food, I gain weight.
If I don't eat at least some animal protein, I feel bad. I love Ceviche and raw eggs agree with me just fine. I don't eat red meat because
However, if I thought I could be completely healthy long term I would cut out the animal food.