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From: Tim (
Subject:         Hi Jeff, more...
Date: October 13, 2007 at 9:42 am PST

In Reply to: Re: Raw food diet? posted by Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN on October 11, 2007 at 5:58 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).

So where do you see the potential problems in attaining the
nutrients needed to thrive on a (low fat) raw vegan diet?

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.

A very sound response, Jeff

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

What kind of harm (specifically a low fat raw vegan diet)?

Thank you Jeff,


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