Are raw food claims overcooked?

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Deakin Nutrition

Raw foodsRaw Tomato Bread by Irene Mei. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Eating only raw foods has emerged as a popular dietary trend. Proclaiming an emotive health message, it is enough to make you think twice before next adding heat to your food. But fear not – on the scales of health, there is little to tip the balance in either direction.

Raw food advocates claim cooking food destroys the natural enzymes and nutrients that would otherwise give us optimal health and control body weight. Following a raw food diet means having almost entirely plant-based foods including fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, vegetable oils and juices in their natural uncooked state.

On the pro side, there is great merit in this type of diet. If you are currently eating a lot of processed food, then switching to raw food will be a clear nutritional win. Where the science gets murky is claims…

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