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From: Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN (novick.vegsource.com)
Subject:         Re: Raw food diet?
Date: October 11, 2007 at 5:58 pm PST

In Reply to: Raw food diet? posted by vegmommy on October 11, 2007 at 3:28 pm:

My opinion on human nutrition and health is the same regardless of the approach you may want to take to get there.

The goal is to achieve optimal nutrition while maintaining a healthy weight, through a diet based on a variety of unrefined, unprocessed, intact, whole plant foods, regardless of whether one wants to do it on a raw food, a vegan, a vegetarian, or a more traditional diet. The goal is to ensure optimal intake of all known nutrients (vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, essential fats, fiber, etc) based on our best knowledge through a variety of real food, while at the same time limiting any item we know to be a health hazard (ie, salt, saturated fat, hydrogenated fat, trans fat, refined sugars, flours,cholesterol, etc).

There are many ways to do this though they will share many common denominators. If one wants to do it through a mostly or predominately raw diet, more power to them. But raw doesn't take precedent over the above, nor is it necessary.

My experience over the decades is that I have seen too many people put dietary philosophy (raw or otherwise) over optimal health, even to the point where it has harmed them. That is unfortunate.

In Health
Jeff

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