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Raw Food based on bunk science? Bunk you!

Breakfast- 1/2 large watermelon

Lunch- 1 1/2 lbs red seedless grapes

Dinner- 1 13 oz tomato, fresh corn from 3 ears of sweet corn, 1 cup pistachio nuts

In In the raw: Live food diet Dietitian Andrea Giancoli refers to raw foodism as being based on "bunk science."  The article goes on to say that "As for claims that a raw food diet can cure certain cancers or illnesses, there's no scientific evidence to support this."  What about:

  • Swiss research from the 1930s suggests that, when cooked food is ingested, the immune system sends armies of white blood cells to the digestive tract to fight what it perceives to be a threat.
  • A Finnish study published in the journal Nutrition in 1992, confirmed that raw vegan diets decrease toxic products in the colon. Results suggest that a raw food uncooked extreme vegan diet causes a decrease in bacterial enzymes and certain toxic products that have been implicated in colon cancer risk. 
  • According to research performed by Dr. Bruce Ames, professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at University of California, Berkeley, various groups of chemicals from cooked food can cause tumors.
  • Researchers have found that a diet rich in raw vegetables lowers your risk of breast cancer.
  • Including fresh fruit as part of your daily diet has been associated with fewer deaths from heart attacks and related problems, by as much as 24 percent, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal in 1996. 

There's more, but I'll save that for another day.

Posted on Friday, August 18, 2006 at 11:42AM by Registered CommenterStephen Parker | CommentsPost a Comment

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