eMaxHealth has published an article about raw foods that is full of mixed messages, Raw Food Diet and Food Safety. I can't determine if the writer is in favor of raw foods or not. It's bland and glosses over important information and reminded me that as health seekers we must use our own discernment and get the facts for ourselves.
Referring to an article about bone health under the heading “Raw food diet cons” they write “… vegetarians who eat only raw foods have abnormally low bone mass, a sign that they may be vulnerable to osteoporosis.” This could be important and alarming information. However, eMaxHealth then writes “ other markers for bone health among the raw foods group were normal.” Well who cares about the “other factors” if you’ve been told that you’re a prime candidate for osteoporosis? I feel that that eMaxHealth is reckless in not providing readers with sufficient information.
The results of the study referred to, and I've looked it up myself, indicate that bone quality may be equal if not greater importance than bone mass. The researchers themselves have written in their own conclusion “A RF [Raw Food] vegetarian diet is associated with low bone mass at clinically important skeletal regions but is without evidence of increased bone turnover or impaired vitamin D status.” (Emphasis added) My understanding of bone turnover is that it is the rate at which bone is built or broken down. Miranda Hitti in WebMD Medical News also quotes the researchers: "It is therefore possible that raw foods vegetarians with a low bone mass may not have an increased incidence of fractures because of good bone quality."
Our glossy, sound bite media driven culture does not make it easy for us to identify factual information. If you read or hear something that on the surface is alarming, look into it yourself, ask questions, and don’t blindly accept that the source has your best interest in mind. If we are to accept the responsibility for our health we must be willing to obtain the facts for ourselves and cultivate our ability to discern truth. We must separate the wheat from the chaff.