ALL THINGS CONSIDERED…
While it’s true that eating vegetables are said to reduce certain cancers, it’s not advisable to overdo it, warns Jaclyn.
Adds Vanessa: “I would not recommend anyone to go on a 100 per cent raw food diet. For instance, pregnant women especially are at a higher risk of listeriosis, an infection caused by the bacteria listeria. It can lead to miscarriages or severe illnesses in newborns.”
Pooja feels that a 50 per cent raw food diet is good enough for the average healthy person. “A fruit smoothie or a vegetable-based juice is a great way to begin,” she says. However, people with poor digestion should steer clear. “For such people, consuming raw food is like asking the body to ‘cook’ it,” says Pooja.
“All food should essentially be broken down in order for nutrients to be absorbed, and cooking is one way to do it,” says Pooja. What’s more, those with thyroid conditions should abstain from eating raw cruciferous vegetables as their active compounds suppress the glands.
On the other hand, there are raw food aficionados such as Dana Heather, holistic nutritionist at Balanced Living and The Living Café, who swear by the diet. Linda Loo, the “living food” chef, trainer and founder of Light, Love, Laughter Academy, a school that offers yoga lessons and raw food preparation classes, is another ardent supporter.
Both women have been eating raw food for more than five years, and report having more radiant skin, higher energy levels and better moods, among other benefits. Dana, who eats 100 per cent raw food on some days, feels that it does a great job in detoxifying her body. However, she too feels an intake of 50 per cent of raw food is ideal for healthy individuals.
Shape’s verdict: Eating less processed food is a sound idea, but we wouldn’t carry it to the extreme.
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