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
To get a real kick start you can get our FREE recipe book by clicking the link below.
Yes, that’s correct! We are excited to announce…..
Kristina Carillo-Bucaram, “FullyRawKristina”, has just announced that she will be attending the 2018 UK Fruitfest.
In her own words, she says this:
“Hey you guys, happy Wednesday. I wanted to make the announcement that I’m gonna be going to the UK Fruitfest this summer. For those of you who are interested in seeing me in the UK I will be keynote speaking, leading women’s circle, talking and doing so much more.
It’s gonna be a close and intimate space with me. It’s gonna be in the UK so for those of you who are in that area use the code “FULLYRAW” to get 10% off your ticket.
Because this is a fruit festival there is gonna be A LOT of raw vegan food there, it’s gonna be amazing, I’m gonna have more updates and announcements throughout the week on this, there will be contests and giveaways”
Follow Kristina on instagram @fullyrawkristina to find out more!
Who Is Kristina Carillo-Bucaram?
Most likely, you know her already! But here is her background:
The founder of the largest raw, organic produce co-operative in the U.S., she has been 100% raw for over nine years. An exemplification of all that she wishes to create, she is a leading visionary in the raw movement, especially in Houston, TX.
She attended both Vanderbilt University and Rice University, and she graduated from Rice University on the top 5% of her class in 2009 with a triple major. One of her degrees is in Kinesiology, specializing in Health Science. She wrote her thesis paper on Raw Foods and Fasting. Since then, she has been involved highly in the movement of Organic Horticulture, Permaculture, and Co-operative Communities.
Kristina’s inspiration for being FullyRaw came after she was able to rid herself of Hyperglycemia at the age of 18 eating nothing but a low fat raw vegan diet consisting solely of fresh fruits and vegetables with few nuts and seeds. After being a direct understudy of 20+ year raw fooder John Rose, she interned and worked under Dr. Graham at his health events in Seattle and in Costa Rica. She has lived in the Dominican Republic and in Costa Rica, and she has become an avidly enthusiastic runner who runs at least 6-8 miles a day!
At the age of 20 before she graduated college, she started the non-profit organization called Rawfully Organic. This organic produce co-operative in Houston, Texas grew from 12 people in her living room to thousands of families in the greater Houston city limits. Rawfully Organic feeds hundreds of families each week and focuses on the benefits of eating diets high in raw fruits and vegetables while making organic affordable for all. The co-operative stays true to its mission to support families in the Texas community to supply an abundance of organic produce to help them achieve their raw, vegetarian, or vegan lifestyle.
Besides being the chief goddess co-operator of Rawfully Organic, Kristina has made a living coaching and inspiring thousands of others to be FullyRaw for the past few years. She is the author of The FullyRaw Diet and also the creator of her latest company called FullyRaw Juice, LLC.
She also enjoys frequently speaking and lecturing to the Texas community. She even offers raw classes where she prepares food for her audiences! Kristina’s mission is to simply REACH PEOPLE with the message of RAW. She wants to inspire people to find their rawness within so that they can find their own health freedom and zest! You CAN be FullyRaw, and Kristina wants to help you get there!
One Of The Biggest Names In The Raw Vegan World!
Kristina’s message has touched the lives of millions of people.
She has over 1 million followers on Instagram and Youtube who watch her recipe videos and follow her life story.
She has done more for the raw vegan movement than anyone over the last 10 years! She has a unique ability to connect with and inspire many people.
We have no doubt she will do an incredible job speaking, teaching and leading women’s circles at this years Fruitfest.
A Brand New Prize Draw: WIN 2 Free Tickets Plus A Contribution Towards Travel Expenses
It turns out, in our previous contest, the winner is unable to attend the festival.
Therefore, we have made the decision to create a brand new prize draw. The first prize will be a pair of tickets to this year’s UK Fruitfest plus up to £500 towards travel expenses.
If you have already registered for the festival you will be automatically added to this prize draw. But to DOUBLE your chance of winning why not get your friend, partner or spouse to enter too.
Can’t Wait To Get Your Ticket?
It is likely that Kristina’s attendance will lead to unprecedented demand for attendance at the festival. Tickets are limited and are given on a first come first served basis. If you would like to attend Fruitfest and meet Kristina, please register today by clicking the first image below. Use the discount code “FULLYRAW” to take 10% off of your ticket price.
“Raw fruit and vegetables provide better mental health outcomes”
You can read the whole article, published on ScienceDaily, HERE
When I first read it, I thought I was going to see a link between eating more fruits and vegetables and an improvement in mental health.
I wouldn’t have been surprised by this.
I believe that what we eat has a big impact on how we think and how we feel. I also think that our system is very sensitive and if we eat the wrong things we could quite easily go a little out of balance.
Now this is all speculation, but from some of my experiences, I can see why this could be the case.
Anecdotally, many raw fooders have experienced mental health benefits.
Experiences I have heard of have included:
a happier mood in general and feeling of emotional poise
a reduction in the symptoms of brain related issues like epilepsy
a reduction in the symptoms of schizophrenia
a reduction in the symptoms of depression
One such testimonial comes from Victoria Everett, who talks about how her diet helped her cure the symptoms of depression and schizophrenia.
Is it as easy as just eating more fruit?
No, not always, but it can be a step on the right direction more many.
What this study is actually saying is that there is a difference between eating raw fruits and vegetables and canned or cooked fruits or vegetables.
This summary states:
Researchers have discovered raw fruit and vegetables may be better for your mental health than cooked, canned and processed fruit and vegetables.
The lead researcher states:
“Our research has highlighted that the consumption of fruit and vegetables in their ‘unmodified’ state is more strongly associated with better mental health compared to cooked/canned/processed fruit and vegetables,”
So why would cooking have this effect?
For many decades, raw food leaders have been laughed at for suggesting that cooking not only damages the food and reduces nutrients but may be harmful to us.
But the lead researcher explains it like this:
Dr Conner believes this could be because the cooking and processing of fruit and vegetables hasthe potential to diminish nutrient levels.
“This likely limits the delivery of nutrients that are essential for optimal emotional functioning.”
So don’t let anyone tell you that there is no difference between raw food and cooked food. Clearly, raw food is superior even to cooked or processed fruits or vegetables.
Finally, the research states:
“Controlling for the covariates, raw fruit and vegetable consumption predicted lower levels of mental illness symptomology, such as depression, and improved levels of psychological wellbeing including positive mood, life satisfaction and flourishing. These mental health benefits were significantly reduced for cooked, canned, and processed fruits and vegetables”
I’m quite surprised that there is a SIGNIFICANT reduction. I don’t know about you, but this inspires me to stick to the raw fruits and vegetables and avoid the fruit in a can, pasteurised and dried fruits.
What Were The Top 10 Raw Foods Related To Better Mental Health?
The top 10 raw foods related to better mental health were:
dark leafy greens such as spinach,
Should You Focus On Those 10?
It’s likely that if these fruits (and notice it is MOSTLY fruits) have a benefit, it is likely that all fruits will have an impact. So find your favourite fruits and vegetables and eat more of them. Just make sure they are RAW.
“Strawberries again top 2018’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ fruits and veggies”
It goes on to say:
When testing samples, the USDA personnel wash or peel produce to mimic consumer practices.
A single sample of strawberries showed 20 pesticides, the report indicated.
More than 98% of strawberries, spinach, peaches, nectarines, cherries and apples tested positive for at least one pesticide residue. And, on average, spinach samples had 1.8 times as much pesticide residue by weight than any other crop.
Spinach is the second dirtiest item on the “Dirty Dozen” list, followed by (in order of contamination) nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery, potatoes and sweet bell peppers. Each of these foods tested positive for pesticide residues and contained higher concentrations of pesticides than other produce.
Should We Be Worried About Conventional Produce?
For a start, this is information from the US. The practices there are different from Europe and they allow substances to be used which are not allowed in Europe.
But the real elephant in the room is this:
Why are we focused on the pesticides in fruit and vegetables only?
Why are we not coming out with a list of the most contaminated fish, chicken, eggs, milk or meat?
You see, the highest concentrations of pesticides occur higher up in the food chain.
Why is this?
Because cattle are eating food that has been treated with pesticide. Then that pesticide gathers in the tissue of the animal. It becomes super concentrated.
But you don’t hear people worrying about the pesticides in the meat they eat?
Meat Has The Highest Pesticide Concentration Of All Food Groups
Vegetarian women were found to have lower levels of pesticides in their breast milk than the average meat-eating woman.
Here is a video about this fact:
A little story…
I had a friend one time who I offered some Strawberries to. He asked if they were organic and seemed very hesitant to eat them if they were not.
In my mind, I wondered if he ever asked the Indian takeaway that he frequented whether all of their food was organic. Or the processed microwave meals he ate, or the 2 litre bottle of Pepsi.
People hold fruit to a higher level of scrutiny than other foods
Why exactly is this? Probably because people are not addicted to fruit. They are not desperate to eat it, but really they should be.
Personally, I don’t worry about the pesticides in fruit. That may be controversial, but I just don’t see people suffering from pesticide-related issues.
Pesticides are not making people fat, giving them heart disease or diabetes.
Also, the benefits of eating fruit may outweigh any risk of pesticides.
Partly, that is because plant foods, in general, have the least concentration of pesticides. But also may be to do with phytonutrients in plant foods having a mitigating effect on the toxic effect of pesticides.
Here is a video from Dr Michael Greger from NutritionFacts.org