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From: Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN (
Subject:         Re: Fruits and vegetables
Date: August 10, 2007 at 3:37 pm PST

In Reply to: Fruits and vegetables posted by jesseCA on August 10, 2007 at 3:11 pm:

Thanks for your post.

I hope you get the whole DVD package. It was a great weekend
with lots of good presentations

>>You've mentioned several times the importance of eating lots of
fresh fruits and vegetables. In your opinion can we get all our
nutrient and caloric needs from just fruit and veggies?

I am advocating a diet high in fruits and veggies and as the
foundation. Not 100%.

However, to answer your question, yes you can, except for Vit D
(which you can get from the sun) and B12 (which you can get from
a supplement) IF you plan and consume a well planned nutrient
dense diet. There are certain nutrients you want to ensure you are
getting enough of (zinc, calcium, EFAs,), but thatís not unique just
to a vegan diet as anyone who is alive and eating, needs to make
sure they get in all their nutrients in adequate amounts no matter
what dietary pattern they choose. And most people eating a
typical American diet are not getting in enough nutrients. And of
course, a diet based on whole plant foods makes it easier to get in
your fiber and many other nutrients that are abundant in plant

Some people unfortunately think that if they are 100% vegan, or
100% raw, that they are automatically doing well. However, its not
hard to consume a diet that is 100% vegan or 100% raw or 100%
Raw Vegan that is not healthy. And, sadly, many I have met and/or
counseled over the years do not meet their nutrient needs on these
diets and eventually don't do well. They put the philosophy ahead
of their health.

>>Do you have an opinion on what percentage of our fruits and
veggies should be consumed raw?

Depends on who you are, where you are and where you want to go.
I donít have a generic one size fits all guideline. Nor a philosophy
impose on others.

However, I would say that consuming at least 50-75% of your fruits
and veggies raw is probably a good guideline for most, but not a

>>Would you advocate a 100% raw vegan diet?

I will leave that up to you, but it's not necessary. That is more a
philosophical issue/question and not a health issue/question.
However, if you choose to do it, I would help you optimize your

In Health

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