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Issue 41: If You're New to Raw Food, Watch Out For These

For raw foodists, the advantages of eating raw are obvious. For those starting out in the raw food lifestyle, however, there may be a few potential pitfalls to avoid—at least according to one raw food advocate/author. The author, who has been eating raw for some time now and understands the course that raw food eaters can take, cautions his readers to be careful in the following areas:

High acid fruit intake: While the author agrees that eating acidic fruits can be beneficial for health, he points out that the body may have a difficult time adjusting to too high an intake of high-acid fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, lemons, pineapple, and other citrus fruits. He cites the acid eating away at tooth enamel and perhaps causing digestive distress if intake exceeds what the body can handle.

He suggests limiting citrus fruits and mixing acidic fruits with non-acidic fruits—such as in smoothies and in other forms.

Dried fruit intake: In addition to limiting high acid fruit intake, the author also advises against eating too much dried fruit. The reason? It, too, can wreak havoc on the teeth and on the digestive system. He observes that not only can the dried fruit be gas-producing, but that it can also incite cravings for foods—basically anything and everything, according to the author.

And while dried fruits may not eat away at the enamel like the acidic fruits, it has a tendency to stick to the teeth, providing the perfect medium for unwanted and unhealthy bacteria to grow. This may result in cavities. He advocates eating dried fruit only occasionally and, instead, eating only fresh fruit—while limiting the citrus variety, of course.

Nut intake: In addition to watching out for fruit, the author also realizes that raw food eaters can also be prone to overeating nuts. The problem with that? He states that not only are nuts high in fat, but they are also difficult to digest for some people. He recommends about 2 ounces of nuts per day or 3-4 tablespoons of nut butter.

Misleading advice: The author of this article advocates being an informed raw food eater. He notes when he first started eating raw that the pieces of advice he received ranged from “Eat anything you want, as long as it’s raw” to “Try to figure out what works for you”—neither of which helped him out much.

He asserts that eating raw is great and great for you, but that you do not have to eat 100 percent raw or even 99 percent raw to get some great results. What you do need, he says, is good solid information before you start out.

So, here’s the takeaway: Do your research well beforehand and plan a balanced raw diet should you choose to integrate raw food eating into your lifestyle.


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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