A new story has just been published about a range of juice being made from “wonky fruit”:
One of the UK’s largest fresh produce growers has teamed up with a Spanish fruit supplier to create a new product, Waste Not, which will stop edible but visually ‘imperfect’ ingredients such as fresh celery, beetroot and oranges from being dug back into the soil, or used for animal feed. The new juices will go on sale in branches of Tesco.
The move is one of a growing number of innovations to reduce food waste throughout the supply chain, following criticism of supermarkets and suppliers that perfectly good food is being thrown out while UK consumers are relying increasingly on foodbanks.
It goes on to say:
Supermarket chains have been selling ‘wonky veg’ ranges for some time, at discounted prices to make them more appealing to consumers. In April, Morrisons added wonky chillies to its misshapen fruit and veg range – the same heat and flavour but costing 39% less than standard chillies. Defects include missing stalks, imperfect colour and extreme curves.
Meanwhile, companies such as Rubies in the Rubble specialise in making chutneys and sauces from surplus ingredients that would otherwise go to waste, and in May is launching a new range of ‘vegan-friendly mayonnaise’ (made from aquafaba, the liquid in tinned chick peas) through Ocado.
Soft fruit, root vegetables and salad are particularly prone to waste. One in 10 strawberries in the UK ended up as waste according to a recent study by the government’s food waste reduction advisory body Wrap – equivalent to 10,000 tonnes and valued at £24m. And one in five lettuces were unharvested, with 38,000 tonnes lost with a value of £7m.
It truly seems like an awful lot of fruit is getting wasted simply for not looking right. This is a great solution to this problem.
An added bonus is that the juices will be “cold pressed” and therefore as close to raw and unprocessed as possible. They will also be cheaper than the average juice:
All the fruit and vegetables in the drinks will be cold-pressed – which involves squeezing the juice in small batches instead of heat-pasteurising it. Putting the juice under high pressure in this way maintains freshness.
At £1.50 per 250ml bottle, the range will undercut the premium prices typically charged in the ‘trendy’ cold-press juice drink market and it is hoped that within the first 12 weeks of going on sale will save around 3.5 tonnes of surplus or waste fruit and vegetables.
“These juice drinks are the latest way that we are helping tackle food waste by ensuring as much of the crop as possible gets used,” said Tesco prepared fruit buyer Jo Batty. “The fruit and vegetables being used in the range fall outside the specifications for fresh produce and offer shoppers a great taste.”
This video is an interview from a few years ago with Professor Rosalind Graham. It is about the subject of eating disorders and in particular how she believes people can heal from eating disorders with a raw vegan diet.
Rosalind will be speaking at the UK Fruitfest this year and often gets the best feedback of any of the presenters. People simply love to here her speak.
Here is a little bit about Rosalind:
For nearly 30 years Rosalind Graham has been a leading light in the field of healthful and compassionate living, inspiring thousands of people throughout the world. Her depth of knowledge and understanding in the areas of raw vegan health, Natural Hygiene and emotional well-being have earned her international acclaim.
As someone who has been eating an exclusively raw vegan diet and practising the Natural Hygiene lifestyle for more than half her life, Rosalind has a wealth of personal experience. In recognition of her work within the Natural Hygiene movement, Rosalind has been invited to become the vice president of Healthful Living International.
Rosalind was previously engaged as a lecturer of nutrition, health science and fitness concepts at Middlesex University London where she taught students of dance how to maximise their health and performance. This work led to her in-depth studies and research into all type of disordered eating. For decades she has worked helping sufferers from all manner of eating difficulties regain their physical and psychological health: as she has also studied psychology and undergone training in counselling skills.
Rosalind’s many other prestigious appointments have included being employed by the Royal Navy as a consultant and lecturer in fitness, health and nutrition and also as Course Director of Nutrition Studies for The College of Naturopathic and Complementary Medicine in London.
Passionate about teaching, Rosalind presentaion skills and dedication to quality teaching culminated in her working for three years as verifier for the Royal Society of Arts.
Rosalind founded and directed her own business ‘Health Unlimited’ and has lectured wordwide on the science and art of health creation and compassionate living. She has worked as a consultant in fitness, health and nutrition in the private, public and corporate sectors. Recently, Rosalind has also been doing voluntary work helping teenage girls regain their mental health after being victims of social media abuse.
Rosalind’s knowledge and professional experience within the fitness industry are extensive. For 10 years, she held the position of senior course director for fitness professional teacher training for London Central YMCA in the disciplines of: exercise to music, ante and postnatal exercise, aqua exercise and access courses for healthcare professionals and she specialises in exercise for older adults.. For nearly a decade, she was also an assessor for the RSA fitness qualifications and was a mentor of staff development for the Exercise Training and Development Department. In addition to this, Rosalind held the position of National Senior Director of Post Graduate Training for Fitness Professionals in the UK.
For several years, Rosalind ran weekly rehabilitation classes for young stroke survivors.
Rosalind has written extensively and was commissioned to write a book on fitness and health for older adults buy the Daily Telegraph. She was also author and consultant for the Readers Digest on the topics of nutrition and health. In addition, she has written for many publications including ‘Exercise’, Pro-Link, The Hygienist, Top Sante, Retirement Today, The Journal of the European Vegetarian Union and many others. Rosalind was also a regular columnist for The Fresh Network magazine, Living Nutrition magazine and Healthful Living International’s E-news. She has also written and had published her own inspiring children’s book ‘Mable and the Label’.
Rosalind’s presentation experience is far too extensive to site here but includes being interviewed on International Television News in the UK and numerous appearances on television in the USA. For many months, Rosalind had a regular health slot on Southern Counties Radio UK and gave two appearances on the Radio 1 Roadshow, the second of which being to a live audience of 75,000. She has been interviewed on a vast number of occasions in various states throughout the USA and extensively throughout Europe.
For many years, Rosalind was, on many occasions, the keynote speaker for the North American Vegetarian Society annual Summerfest at Johnstown University in Pittsburg Pennsylvania presenting a vast variety of topics to over 1000 delegates. She has also presented at Georgetown University Washington D.C. Loyola College Baltimore, Evergreen State College, Seattle Washington, the University of North Carolina and Doubletree in Fort Lauderdale. She was also the guest and keynote speaker on numerous different topics related to nutrition, fitness and health at the World Vegetarian Congress held in the USA and, on two separate occasions, the European Vegetarian Congress in Busselengo Italy and Widnau Switzerland. Rosalind has also presented for the British Natural Hygiene Society at Regents College and at the Royal Holloway University London.
For nearly a decade, Rosalind was on continual international lecture tour including presentations in Hawaii, Australia, Costa Rica, the USA and extensively throughout Europe. The extent of Rosalind’s knowledge and experience in the field of health creation enable her to take a truly comprehensive approach to her teaching.
Since the birth of her beautiful raw vegan daugher, 13 years ago, Rosalind has become passionate about compassionate parenting; believing that future world peace depends upon how we parent our children today.
Others have said of Rosalind:
“Rosalind is a dynamic speaker who captivates her audience and leads them on an exciting and powerful journey into the realms of Nutritional Science. Rosalind keeps her audience spellbound through her use of analogy and story-telling as she illustrates complex scientific information about the functions of the body. Rosalind is warm, witty, charming, intelligent and a perfect representative of health and well-being. She makes science sexy!”
Cherie Soria, Founder and Director of Living Light Culinary Arts Institute and author of “Angel Foods; Healthy Recipes for Heavenly Bodies
“Each person seems to feel as if you are having a personal, and very valuable, conversation with him/her, and you answer every question with a wonderful combination of kindness, respect, and technical accuracy and completeness. Your presentations provide great value to anyone seeking to understand health, not only in terms of nutrition and exercise but also in terms of the relationship between emotions and well being.”
Larry LeVine Founder, South Bay Living Food Community Founder and former President, Institute for Vibrant Living
“Rosalind is the perfect combination of heart and mind. Her teaching opens people up to possibilities they had never even considered. I think parts of us wake up when she lovingly teaches us that all of who we are is worth sharing. I have been in her sessions as a participant and a co-leader and both were amazing experiences.”
Rae Sikora – Founder and Director – Centre for Compassionate Living,
“Rosalind is dynamic, energetic and extremely knowledgeable. She can take a complicated subject like exercise physiology and explain it so anyone can understand it. I’ve seen her work with audiences and her charm and sense of humour plus her ability to speak to the individual no matter how large the audience, is delightful and inspirational to watch. Rosalind is definitely a top notch speaker and educator.”
Roe Gallo – author ‘Perfect Body’ – California
Come And Learn From Rosalind At The UK Fruitfest This Year
Rosalind will be delivering a complete programme on health with her lectures at this years UK Fruitfest. She is a speaker that is not to be missed and rarely gives talks in public now due to family commitments.
I have seen almost a whole roomful of people crying at the end of one of her talks, it was so powerful!
Around about September 2011, I had just come back from a trip to New York with my then girlfriend.
I remember she asked “Would you ever go back to New York?” and I said “Probably not”
A week later I was back home scrolling through facebook when a friend posted a film called Earthlings. At that time I was vegetarian but I had noticed that I was slowly moving away from the last remaining animal products in my diet.
I was ready to watch this film and it really shocked me. I decided to go vegan immediately.
This brought up a lot of questions. How do you go Vegan? What do you eat? How do you get enough protein?
I started to research on youtube and I came across a video with an intriguing title:
“The Protein Myth”
I had always been into conspiracy theories so the idea that our need to eat animal products to get protein being a myth was compelling to me. I watched the video and I was stunned.
It is just a short excerpt from a talk with US Masters Runner of the Year Tim Van Orden
He says that people always ask him “where do you get your protein?”. They assume it is from nuts and seeds, legumes or soy.
The he says that he doesn’t eat ANY of those. He DOESN’T eat protein. What he eats are fruits and vegetables and they give him the building blocks that he needs to make protein. If he wasn’t getting enough protein, how come he was able to build muscle without effort?
For me, this was like a light going off. It was like I was hearing an idea that I always knew was right at the back of my mind but no one had ever put it into words. It seemed so right to me as other apes ate just fruits and vegetables and they were super strong.
This opened the doors for me to start experimenting with the raw vegan lifestyle. Funnily enough, it took me almost a year from then to really “get it”.
In spite of what I had told my then girlfriend after leaving New York, I ended up going back a year later to attend the Woodstock Fruit Festival. There I met Tim Van Orden in real life for the first time.
“In September of 2009, Nakano decided to experiment with his health and eat nothing but fruit all day, every day. He was aware that conventional wisdom says an only-fruit diet is unhealthy (mainly due to the “high amounts of sugar”), but found no science backing up these beliefs. As a result, he decided to try out the fruit-heavy diet.
He was very strict with his regimen. At one point, he opted to get all of his hydrated from fruit versus water. Before long, days turned to weeks. And then, weeks turned to years. What began as an experiment turned into a lifestyle, and Nakano says he’s never felt better.”
He became famous in Japan, then rumours spread about his death. He has to go back on television to prove he was still alive.
Then he was studied by researchers. This is where it gets weird:
“Nakano said researchers studied him and discovered something incredible. That is, that the complete lack of protein combined with a pure fruit diet caused certain fungi to grow in his intestine. That fungi is capable of converting nitrogen in the air to protein. Reportedly, the researchers told him that this is unique to Nakano’s body and that he is unlike any other human.”
Now, this to me sounds like nonsense. Who were these researchers? and the phrase “complete lack of protein” shows a misunderstanding about eating fruit. How are other frugivores getting protein if they eat almost entirely fruit? Though fruit has no animal protein in it, it has the building blocks by which we can make our own protein.
The article affirms that the evidence is anecdotal and has not been tested with the peer to peer review system.
Anyway, it’s great to know someone is spreading the fruity message in Japan!
“1. Frozen fruits are less nutritious than fresh ones
This myth has perpetuated the idea that nutrients are lost when fruits are frozen. “Frozen fruits and vegetables are flash-frozen within hours of being picked, locking in a majority of the nutrients,” explainedDr. Joy Bauer, a nutrition and health expert from the Today Show on NBC.
If that wasn’t enough, your wallet can reap some benefits too. Buying fruits in frozen form has been recommended as an effective way to eat healthy even when on a budget. “
My response:Technically, they have just proved themselves wrong here. The quote they use to back up the idea of this being a myth says “locking in a MAJORITY of nutrients” so they are admitting nutrients are lost. But, I would agree, it’s probably not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. If someone chooses only to eat frozen fruit they will still see a benefit to their health.
“2. Fruits are best consumed on an empty stomach
According to this myth, fruits can cause digestion problems and are less nutritious when consumed along with meals. No studies have been able to confirm such a link. The only effect fruits can have is to slow down the release of food from the stomach. According to Healthline, this is actually beneficial as it can create a feeling of fullness and moderate the intake of calories.
Nutritional value is also unaffected as the digestive system is capable of extracting nutrients from fruits whether they are consumed with a meal or on an empty stomach.”
My response: Interesting. There are many anecdotal accounts of people eating fruit and having some digestive issue. Our response is usually that it is the mixture of the fruit with other foods still in the stomach that causes this. I would still advise people who rarely eat fruit to do so before meals and on an empty stomach if possible.
“3. People who have diabetes can’t eat fruits
Compared to carbohydrates, fruits in moderation do not cause a sharp spike in blood glucose levels. “Whole fruits are an excellent source of antioxidants,” said Katie Barbera of Northwell Health Systems in New York. “They have a lot of fibre, so they make you feel fuller and satisfy your hunger. They also add a lot of flavour to a diabetes diet.”
One study found that whole fruit consumption was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes while fruit juice consumption was linked to a higher risk. This brings us to the next well-known myth.”
My response:True, and it is good to hear! However, they could have expanded on this to show that Type 2 Diabetes is caused by the saturated fat in the standard diet and is not connected with sugar, fruit or fruit juice.
4. Drinking fruit juice is just as healthy as eating fruit
While drinking fruit juice can still have some nutritional benefits, experts have stated that eating whole fruits is preferable. Store-bought juice may contain added sugar, which can explain why it has been linked to childhood obesity.
According to WebMD, previously-contained sugars are released when the fruit is crushed, making the juice more likely to cause tooth decay when compared to eating fruits. The juicing process also removes the natural fiber content from fruits, lowering the glycemic index. As a result, people are likely to consume more calories for lesser nutrition.
My response: For a variety of reasons fruit juice is less healthy than whole fruits. However, fruit juice is still WAY healthier than almost any other food group.
“5. Vitamin C is a natural remedy to prevent the common cold
While many studies have been conducted, researchers have found little to no benefit in consuming vitamin C-rich fruits (such as oranges) for the prevention or cure of colds. However, the vitamin did seem to help those who were marathon runners, skiers and soldiers in sub-arctic environments.
“Vitamin C in doses as high as one gram daily for several winter months had no consistent beneficial effect on incidence of the common cold,” concluded one review of both randomized and non-randomized trials.”
My response: If a myth helps a person to eat more fruit I am all for it! I have not had a cold for a number of years now but I don’t put it down to vitamin C. Rather, I put it down to a multitude of healthful habits that I practise including eating lots of fruitevery day. I wouldn’t be surprised if fruit eaters get fewer colds, but I don’t think I can prove that right now.
It’s good to see an article sharing more truth about eating more fruit. It’s mostly positive!
Thanks for reading today. Leave your comments below and share with others!
“I literally ate just bananas for 2 months, and by the end of those 2 months my symptoms of Colitis had gone away…I was feeling better than I ever had, I was feeling amazing and i was just eating bananas!”
In this interview Andrew Perlot talks about healing Colitis through a raw food diet after being told it was impossible to cure by his Doctor.
Andrew also shares his story of his 90 day over eating experiment, attempting to show it was possible to get fat on a fruit based raw food diet.
This was pretty controversial at the time and annoyed a lot of people. I hope you enjoy the video. To find out more about Andrew please visit raw-food-heath.net.
Next time you are travelling you may want to watch you are not smuggling fruit into a country.
You could be fined $500!
The article starts:
“A woman from Colorado has been fined $500 (£360) after failing to declare an apple that she took from a transatlantic flight.
Crystal Tadlock was given the fruit sealed in a wrapper on her Delta flight from Paris to Minneapolis on 18 April. She did not eat it on the journey and decided to save it for her connecting flight to Denver.
As Minneapolis was her first landing point in the US, Ms Tadlock was required to declare all food products, or deposit the offending item in an “amnesty bin”.
Seems, innocent enough so far. Let’s see what happens:
“But a random check by US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service officials discovered the forbidden fruit.
She told Denver TV station Fox 31: “He had asked me if my trip to France was expensive and I said, ‘yeah’. I didn’t really get why he was asking that question and then he said ‘it’s about to get a lot more expensive after I charge you $500’.”
She added that she had pointed out the Delta logo on the wrapper, showing the fruit came from the airline.
“It’s really unfortunate someone has to go through that and be treated like a criminal over a piece of fruit,” she said.
Have you ever heard of someone being fined for taking a piece of fruit across a border?
Seems a little unusual to me.
Anyway, safe travels and watch you don’t smuggle fruit!
Whenever you talk to people who have never heard about the raw vegan diet they become concerned.
They start to ask a lot of questions. They get a worried look on their face.
They assume their must be something missing? There must be something incomplete about the diet? You must be taking tonnes of supplements, right?
Many scare stories have been shared about raw vegan or even just vegan diets. Many of these stories are designed to blame the vegan diet rather than the person that was doing the diet.
There have been stories of parents feeding babies vegan diets which led to health problems or death for the unfortunate baby. Ironically, 100% of babies start off on a vegan diet. Mother’s milk is 100% vegan! As long as it is from the human mother.
Some parents seem to have deprived the child of breast milk and fed some form or raw or vegan diet. This will never end well and no diet, no matter how complete, can replace the benefits of mother’s milk.
Apart from that situation, is there any real danger in trying a raw vegan diet?
Let me go through a few concerns….
Legitimate Concerns Of A Raw Vegan Diet
It can be easy to undereat on a raw vegan diet. Especially if you are mostly eating fruit. As I said in a previous article people often undereat on a raw vegan diet when they start off. They are unaware of how much fruit they must eat to get enough calories and therefore they simply eat until they think they are full. This can lead to people losing a lot of weight. But is that a major concern? Perhaps for some but for many the weight loss is welcome and will improve their life and health.
The other issue connected to this is that people from an eating disorder background are sometimes attracted to the raw food movement as a way to mask their eating disorder.
Don’t get me wrong, I believe the raw vegan diet to be the best diet for everyone. But someone with an eating disorder has some real issues with food and any kind of restriction or perceived restriction could trigger their anorexia or bulimia. If you feel you are at genuine risk of this, you may wish to get some professional help or advice before making a change to your diet.
Another danger is extremism. You are probably thinking “Isn’t this diet extreme enough!”. For many it is. For me, the risks involved with other diets are far more extreme!
But one thing I have seen is that people start to believe that they are almost invincible on this diet. They decide to stop taking the precautions they used to take when it came to their health and this can be dangerous.
There are a few stories of fruitarians or raw vegans deciding not to take medication when they became ill. An example of this is a man who was in Africa and contracted Malaria. Instead of taking anti-malaria medication he decided to try a “dry fast”. Unfortunately, this ended in his death.
It is even said that Steve Jobs when diagnosed with cancer decided to go raw vegan for a while. I don’t know exactly if this is true but he may have been alive today if he had decided to get the cancer removed surgically and then made changes to his diet to try to prevent it from coming back.
There are other stories of this nature. In many cases, the risk of NOT taking the medication (or surgical route) is much greater than any potential small harm or side effect that can come from taking the medication.
But people come into this lifestyle and start to buy into dogma, conspiracy theory and extremism. No wonder.
They have just found out that everything they have been taught about diet, nutrition and living a healthy life is wrong. They have found out that their doctors, nurses, families and friends are all happily eating a diet that is completely the opposite of what is healthy. So, no wonder, they start to distrust “the establishment”.
But this can go too far!
They start to believe that if something isn’t NATURAL then they shouldn’t have any part of it. If something has “chemicals” in it , they will shun it immediately. They feel no need to use personal hygiene products and decide to run off to South East Asia to live barefoot and shirtless on a beach somewhere.
This may be a dream for many, but the goal of being healthy is not to completely avoid and ignore everything that modern science and the modern world has given us. It is about weighing up the risks and benefits of all choices in relationship to your health and making an intelligent decision. Disregarding the opinion of doctors and other health professionals is not a smart move.
3. Damage To Teeth
Many people assume that a diet high in fruit will automatically be bad for your teeth. Is this right?
Yes and no.
Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases in the world. It seem’s like humans have a particular weakness when it comes to our teeth. Yet, some people never have a problem with their teeth whatsoever.
This appears to be the same in the raw vegan community. Some people have no issues, some have A LOT.
Once again, the problem can tie into the extremism as I previously mentioned.
Not a day goes by that someone in a raw vegan forum is not asking about how to care for their teeth. And every one of the responses recommends that they avoid flouride. Often the advice is that you can regrow your teeth on a juice fast or through oil pulling. This is not correct.
Why are so many people in the natural health movement anti-flouride?
Many conspiracy documentaries have been created about flouride. The fact remains that it is the most effective way to prevent tooth decay. For information on how to care for your teeth as a raw vegan, here is a good interview with Fruitarian dentist Joe Hooper:
Personally, I have had a lot of damage to my teeth and now I put it down to a few things:
a) Too much dried fruit. I used to have a habit of putting dates or other dried fruit in my mouth and sucking on them for hours. My dentist told me this was not a good idea. I have stopped eating dates and dried fruit.
b) Avoiding or not participating in proper dental care. When I started on this diet, I came across some people who were essentially saying that you did not really need to brush your teeth or you would not require toothpaste. Some are still saying something like this.
I would recommend that you continue with your dental care routine and perhaps be even more diligent. Flossing pieces of fruit out from between teeth and rinsing your mouth out after fruit meals is a good idea. When I came back to using toothpaste I had already accumulated a lot of damage.
Eventually, I went back to Flouride toothpaste against my judgment at the time and I realised that it made a difference. As my dentist said “it’s your own choice as to whether you use flouride or not, but if you don’t you’ll be paying for my future holidays”
c) Not leaving enough time between meals. If you eat all day long then the natural process of remineralisation can not occur. Ideally there should be hours between meals when the saliva in your mouth is able to bring your mouth back to a neutral ph and also provide minerals to remineralise the teeth. If you eat all day long this is not going to happen as effectively.
4) Losing friends and becoming a social outcast
Will your friends and family no longer want to be around you?
Potentially, you could lose some friends. Or perhaps it’s better to say lose touch with friends. If they see you as a person they can go drinking with or get a burger with and all of a sudden you become a fruitarian they may look to find another drinking or burger buddy. Is this a big loss?
Well, you can and will always make new friends. Maybe it is time to meet some new people that actually share your goals and encourage you to move forward with your life? As much as I have lost touch with some previous friends I have made many many more, all over the world who are incredible people!
Fake Dangers Of A Raw Vegan Diet?
There may be some others, but for me, those are the only real worries I can think of for now. Please feel free to comment below if you feel I have missed some out.
Here are some dangers that some people talk about. I personally don’t think they are to be concerned about, but that is purely my opinion from my experience so far. I am, as ever, open to continuing to learn more.
Fruit Can Give You Cancer
There are still some raw vegan promoters claiming that fruit can give you cancer. They shun fruit in their facilities in favour or sprouts and green vegetables.
This opinion flies in the face of any major cancer website out there. Check them out yourself, universally they state that eating more fruit reduces your risk of cancer. This is not a danger to worry about.
Check out this page from Cancer Research if you don’t believe me!
2. Hybrid fruits are too sweet and don’t have enough nutrition
All plants and animals in nature are hybrids, even you! Literally, you are the product of the mixture of the genes of your mother and father.
Why then is there a problem with hybrid fruit?
Many fruits, in particular those in the sub tropics and temperate climates have been selectively bred to become larger and sweeter. This is to mimic the fruits that we would have been eating in the tropics.
Are fruits now so much sweeter than before? It is very unlikely. On the onc hand people speak about fruit not being sweet enough…then other’s claim it is TOO sweet. Perhaps they need to buy fruit for each other!
3. A Raw Vegan Diet is deficient in vitamins and minerals and must be supplemented
Many people who are against the raw vegan diet insist that raw vegans must supplement their diet to remain healthy. They claim that the diet is deficient in almost every required nutrient under the sun.
In reality, no such study has been done to test this, and nowhere near enough studies have been done to prove this. Many people I have met that have had blood tests, even as fruitarians had adequate levels of these nutrients.
Unfortunately, even some people who support the raw vegan diet also like to shout from the rooftops about the inadequacy of our modern fruits and vegetables and how we must supplement to be optimally healthy.
Recently, Don Bennett responded to one of our blog posts. Right now, I can’t find his response but you can view his website HERE
Don is one of the main speakers at the Woodstock Fruit Festival, one of the largest and best known raw vegan festivals in the world. I have met Don many times and learned a lot from him. He is a great example of a long term 20+ year raw fooder.
My issue is that he over exaggerates or overemphasises the dangers of nutritional deficiencies on a raw vegan diet. In his opinion, this is a big reason why people don’t stick to a raw vegan diet.
He also states as evidence that he has coached many people who have had problems on a raw vegan diet and that his suggestions to supplement solved their problems.
Personally, I have known so many people that have claimed to be doing a 100% raw vegan diet and it turned out, upon further investigation, they they were not. Therefore, their statement that the diet did not work for them is often untrue.
Also, I believe it is much more likely that when someone feels bad on a raw vegan diet it could be so many other factors such as a lack of sleep, not eating enough calories, not looking after many of our other needs in life such as friendship, a positive attitude, sunshine, healthy relationships and so on.
I have no doubt that Don will continue to argue his point. He believes that there is a weight of science confirming his theory and experience. I am not so certain that there is anywhere near enough science surrounding a raw vegan diet to make any concrete claims on the supplements we need.
Curiously, very few of the long term raw fooders I have made, who legitimately stick to a 100% raw vegan diet supplement frequently. Those who do many supplement with b12 on occassion but very few are regularly taking a daily supplement boost.
This is not medical advise. If you have concerns, seek out a medical professional to test you.
Could you develop a serious deficiency on this lifestyle?
The one that is most likely to occur is a b12 deficiency. B12 defiency can occur to people on all types of diet. B12 is created by bacteria and therefore there is no adequate source from ANY food.
There are many meat eaters who have had to supplement b12 due to the deficiency,despite the fact they were eating food that in theory should have lots of b12 in it.
After 5 years on a raw vegan diet with no supplementation, I was found to have levels within the normal range when tested. Will that be the same for everyone? Of course not. I know some long term raw vegans that have not supplemented at all with little to no problems. Other’s have ran into b12 deficiency symptoms after almost a decade on a vegan diet.
Is it something in the short term that you should be worried about? I don’t believe so, I think you should be more concerned about the dangers of not following a raw vegan diet!
The Global Burden of Disease Study found that in the USA, the number 1 killer was “not eating enough fruit”
If you are concerned about a nutritional deficiency, you can speak to your doctor about this or get some tests done. My goal with this article is to reduce your worry about experimenting with a raw vegan diet, or eating more raw foods. Eat as much fruits and vegetables as you care for!
If you learn to do it right, it may be the best choice you ever made!
If you are just at the start of your journey to a raw vegan diet it is very likely you will make many of the common mistakes that beginners make.
You almost can’t avoid making these mistakes. A raw vegan diet will be such a big change for you that it will take some time to adapt.
But you can get there eventually and you will enjoy the huge benefits.
In this article you can expect to learn the 4 biggest mistakes people make on a raw vegan diet. You will also learn of the 7 steps to success on a raw vegan diet.
Let’s look at the most common mistakes:
1) Trying to live on Fat Or Vegetables
Many people coming from cooked to raw want to replicate many of the same flavours. We have been trained to believe that our main big meals of the day will be savoury meals. We have been told:
“don’t eat sweets before dinner they will ruin your appetite”
To try to replicate this you may end up trying to make big savoury meals of raw food in the hope of replacing your previous diet. There are a couple of problems here:
a) We can’t live on vegetables
Vegetables, though having lots of nutrients, can not provide us with enough calories to sustain ourselves. We would struggle to get enough on a daily basis.
If a person tries this, they will inevitably crash and burn in a few days as they will run out of fuel driving them back to cooked food immediately. Then they will tell people “i tried that raw food thing, I didn’t have enough energy”. Of course they didn’t!
b) We can ‘t live healthfully on fat
The other mistake is to eat way too much fat. To replace that “full” feeling from cooked food a person will start to eat a lot of fats such as oil and nut butters.
The raw vegan movement is famous for “raw gourmet” food which are recipes designed to try to emulate the texture and flavour of cooked food classics. These recipes then to be loaded in fat.
Nut butters, tahini, seed spreads, flax crackers and other raw vegan recipes are very high fat and low in carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates are the preferred fuel source of the human body. Regardless of what the low-carb diet movement says, this is what all serious medical textbooks affirm.
Humans have always thrived on carbohydrates. So where do we get them on a raw food diet?
This brings us to the 2rd mistake:
2) Not eating enough fruit
It is natural when you begin on a raw food diet that you probably won’t feel the desire to eat a lot of fruit. Of course, we have all been trained not to eat too much fruit. It might give you a stomach ache right?
In reality, human beings are biological frugivores. What does this mean?
It means that over millions of years on this planet, we have evolved and are adapted to seek out, eat and digest fruit as efficiently and as quickly as possible.
We digest fruit quicker and with more ease than any other food. We delight in the sight and smell of beautiful fruits and they symbolise health and abundance to us.
Carolus Linnaes, the father of modern taxonomy (the branch of science concerned with classification, especially of organisms) stated:
“Man’s structure, internal and external compared with that of the other animals, shows that fruit and succulent vegetables are his natural food.”
In the film “What The Health”, the case for humans being frugivores was made very strongly. You can see this clip here:
Also, Dr Michael Greger, from NutritionFacts.org has made a few videos on this. He is not a promoter of a fruitarian diet but he has made some videos in which he points out that humans are frugivores:
What is the natural human diet?
The dietary status of the human being is that of a fruit eater
Do you get the picture?
To thrive on a raw vegan diet we must choose to eat enough fruit. At first, this can be a hard habit to begin but in time it becomes a perfectly normal and enjoyable part of your diet.
3) Getting too concerned about supplements, herbs, cleanses, flushes and other gimmicks and fads
Too many people coming to a raw food diet get sidetracked. They become focused on gimmicks rather than focusing on the incredible nutrition that is abundant in fruits and vegetables.
Many veer off track wishing to believe that herbs, tonics, elixirs, supplements and other concoctions hold the key to health.
They believe that a 30 day juice fast is what they need to do.
Or the master cleanse or liver flush
Or they need to do colonics, enemas or sit in baths of cold water
Or they need to do a long-term water fast or dry fast
Or they need to take herbs, turpentine or some other toxic substance to clean out “parasites”
Or they need to drink their own urine
And so on and so forth.
None of these things lead to long-term success on a raw vegan diet. I have seen many people do long water fasts and long term juice fasts, cleanses, and all sorts of protocols and gone right back to cooked food after wards.
People want results NOW. The desire for FAST improvement in health can lead people to try these gimmicks rather than giving the diet and their body the time it needs to heal.
4) Not giving the diet enough time
Most people give up on a raw food diet very quickly. They want to see huge results almost over night otherwise it is not worth doing.
But think about this:
If it took you 30+ years to damage your health on the wrong diet, why should you expect it to take a short period of time to heal on the right diet?
Healing takes time. The longer you are on the raw vegan diet the more benefits and healing you will get.
Steps To Eating A Raw Food Diet
1) For success on your raw vegan diet make your diet “fruit-based”
Following on from the last mistake, the first thing is that our diet must be based on fruit. It is so easy to undereat on fruit that you should get familiar with how much you need to eat to sustain a raw food diet. You might be surprised by how much fruit you must eat, but you will enjoy the results and how you feel if you commit to it.
The average person needs somewhere in the region of 2000 calories per day. This can be less or more depending on physical activity and body size but let’s pretend this is where you are at.
If you were to just eat one fruit in a day, to cover 2000 calories you must eat:
10 to 15 large mangos (depending on size)
21 large apples
22 to 25 large oranges
25 to 30 peaches or nectarines
32 cups of grapes
7 cups of figs
Most people are not used to eating this quantity of fruit. Many people tell me “I feel full after one piece of fruit”. You must persevere through this as you are not actually full. The temporary rise in blood sugar gives the sensation of satisfaction but to fuel yourself for a busy and active day you must eat more. To do this regularly and successfully I would suggest the next step:
2) Pick a staple fruit
For me, hands down the best staple fruit has to be bananas. They are calories dense, consistently delicious, available all year and relatively cheap.
I never used to be a big fan of bananas, and if I am honest, they are not even in my top ten best tasting fruits. But they are by far the best staple food to eat on a raw vegan diet in my opinion.
They also make you feel fantastic. Most people are missing out on the best natural high of their life by limiting the number of bananas they eat.
3) Avoid raw gourmet dishes
At first, I believe it is best to try to keep your diet as simple as possible. I think that eating raw gourmet food and raw vegan restaurant food is an easy and quick path back to eating cooked food.
I would avoid these during your transition.
4) Always have fruit around and plenty of raw food
You must create an environment of success. This may be hard to do if you share space with others. But you must in your own personal space fill it with fruit and vegetables. Always have fruit around and you will find it easier to stick to raw
5) Eat enough early on in the day
Many people want to attempt the “no breakfast” plan or intermittent fasting. For a beginning raw fooder this can be a dangerous strategy. The less you eat early on the more your body will be demanding calories later on. You are far more likely to eat something you don’t want to eat later on in the day if you have not eaten enough early on in the day.
6) Eat as much vegetables as you care for
You literally can not eat too much fruit or raw vegetables. Focus on tender leafy greens rather than on crucifrous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower. You will find them much easier to eat and digest in their raw form. You can get some great salad dressings and recipes from our recipe book.
7) Don’t overeat on nuts seeds avocados or oils
You may crave more fats on your diet. It is likely that this is a result of you eating too little carbohydrates from fruit.
Oils are a processed, refined food and are the most dense form of calories in the human diet. They are not healthy and should be avoided completely.
Nuts are often not technically raw and are generally dried to be transported and stored for long periods of time. In this state they are very easy to over eat. If overeaten, they can digest very poorly and lead to you putting on weight quickly.
Seeds are more likely to be raw but should not be used in high quantities. Once again they are very high in fat. Processed seed butter like “tahini” should be used very moderately and once again not seen as a staple part of the diet.
It is very easy to overeat on seed spreads, nut butters and oils and these will not lead to the health that you seek.
Avocados are a wonderful food but should not be your staple. If you can’t stop eating avocados you may need to consider increasing your sweet fruit consumption.
If you take these steps seriously you can learn to thrive on a raw vegan diet. To summarise:
1) Focus on FRUIT for the bulk of your calories and pick a staple you can eat every day
2) Eat as much vegetables in the form of tender leafy greens as you care for
3) Avoid oils, nut butters and seed spreads or use them sparingly
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