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Issue 38: Raw Thoughts--What People Are Saying About Raw

There are thoughts on the raw lifestyle that cut both ways. While most see some benefits in eating raw foods (especially vegetables and fruits), they may stop short of buying in 100 percent to the raw movement and what raw foodists believe.Here are some quotes, however, from those who advocate the raw food lifestyle. 

"The basis of eating any diet that is comprised primarily of raw food is that you are not cooking the vitamins, minerals and enzymes out of the food. The food is eaten just as it's grown and you reap all of the benefits of that process.”  Mark Idzik

“Don't get me wrong: eating a mostly raw or completely raw diet is one of the most powerful things you can do to improve your health, but as in everything, there are mistakes you can make that can often lead to more problems.” Frederic Patenaude (We will address some of these so-called “mistakes” in the coming weeks.)

“Raw foods are better quality; therefore, you eat less to satisfy your nutritional needs. The heat of cooking depletes vitamins, damages proteins and fats, and destroys enzymes that benefit digestion. As your percentage of raw foods increases, you feel satisfied and have more energy on smaller meals because raw food has the best balance of water, nutrients, and fiber to meet your body's needs.” Susan Jorg

“All raw foods contain exactly the right enzymes required to split every last molecule into the basic building blocks of metabolism: Amino acids (from protein), glucose (from complex carbohydrates) and essential fatty acids (from unsaturated vegetable fats).”  Emily Kane, N.D.

“When food is cooked above 118 degrees Fahrenheit for three minutes or longer, its protein has become denatured, its sugar has become caramelized, its natural fibers have been broken down, which means it will take longer to move through the intestinal tract, up to 90% of its vitamins and minerals have been damaged or destroyed, and 100% of its enzymes have been destroyed.” Dr. Bernarr (D.C., D.D)

“Eating closer to nature can be seen as beneficial because few proponents of a raw foods diet are going to be consuming junk food.” David L. Katz, associate professor of Public Health at Yale. 

“I agree that to be all-raw, or not to be, is not a simple question. It is not only about diet. This decision encompasses many profound changes in the whole spectrum of a person’s life. I think such a change must be considered seriously and carefully. Still, the truth is that on 100% raw food diet, one feels distinctly better.”  Victoria Boutenko


This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your health care professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.

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