Don’t Eat This Raw Food To Avoid Tooth Decay As A Raw Vegan

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Recently, a friend sent me a message.  She has been on a 100% raw vegan diet for over 5 years.

“Do you know anything about teeth?”, she said.

Unfortunately, I have had to learn a lot about teeth because I have had some issues with damage to my teeth over the last few years.

She let me know she had been to the dentist.  He had told her that the enamel was thin on A LOT of her teeth.  She had cried about it later that day.  She was no longer sure what to think about this diet as her dentist had told her that the problem was the fruit.

“Do you eat dates?”, I asked.

“Yes, ALL THE TIME” she said.

Bingo.

“Give up the dates, 100%, zero tolerance policy”

I went on to explain to her in detail why this was almost certainly the main cause of the issue.  I made sure to go over the point again and again as many people do not like hearing this advice.

Why am I so clear about this?

For years, I new that I was having problems with my teeth on a raw diet and couldn’t seem to find the solution.  I had been to many dentists and went to talks from raw food gurus and read their books.  I had become more confused rather than found clarity.

I started to make some changes that made a real impact such as using interdental brushes or floss sticks after meals to clear out the food that was stuck between the teeth.  I would brush more often and I switched back to flouride toothpaste after many years using “natural” toothpastes that had no flouride.

These things made a difference but still some damage progressed.

Eventually a dentist explained to me I must be eating sugar.  When I explained to him that I ate fruit but not sugar he clearly said to me:

“it’s not fruit, fruit doesn’t do that.  It doesn’t stick to your teeth like sweets do”

He told me about people that had a pattern of damage similar to mine.  They would suck on mints or hard boiled sweets all day long.  The sugar would sit in the mouth and the saliva would become like a syrup coating the teeth for hours at a time, making tooth decay more likely.

“What about dried fruit?”, I said

“Yes dried fruit is the same as sugar” he said.

I suddenly thought of all the times I would put a date in my mouth and just sit it right beside my teeth and suck on it til it almost dissolved.

Dates had sometimes been a staple of mine on a raw vegan diet.  I had never eaten dates until I became a raw vegan…I didn’t really know what they were until I heard some raw gurus online say that dates and bananas were the rice and pasta of a raw vegan diet.

Of course, they are delicious and easy to get anywhere.  They can be stored easily and they are always ready to eat.  They are also dense in carbohydrates which many raw foods are not.

Some people have said to me “but dates are natural”

This is correct but they are also a fruit from a desert climate.  Our ancestors would never have come across fruits like that and most fruits would not have grown in direct sunlight either so they would not have dried so readily.

When I made a commitment to give up dried fruit and dates in particular it made a big change.  I regret not making this change 4 or 5 years ago.

I was speaking to a raw food guru recently and I mentioned this to him.  He said “yes, dried fruit will do that”.  I was wondering why he had never mentioned this when I had heard people ask him about teeth issues.  His answer had been “some people say their teeth is better than ever, some people have issues”…but he never seemed to offer a solution.

Another expert gave an in depth talk in which he seemed to be blaming a mineral deficiency.  He seems to blame mineral deficiencies for everything so it’s not surprising that he would.  As the saying goes:

“To a man with a hammer, every problem looks like a nail”

However mineral deficiencies are not the cause of this particular pattern of damage. If I had had a mineral deficiency my dentist  would have seen something very unusual indeed.  

Diseases related to dietary deficiency are from a bygone age when food was limited and most people struggled to get enough calories never mind get all their nutrients.  This doesn’t stop their being a mass paranoia among vegans and raw vegans that their diet is deficient in something….but this is not the case here.

A third expert blamed the way we eat the raw vegan diet.  We tend to snack all day long and our teeth end up exposed to an acidic environment all day with not enough time to remineralise.

Though his information was good, it still missed the core of the problem.

I suggest you take dried fruit off the menu if you are having any teeth sensitivities at all.  This could save you a lot of pain, a lot of time and a lot of money in dental costs in the future.

In other news….

Are you interested in learning about UK Fruitfest?  I am hosting a webinar this week that is open to all to join.  It takes place on Thursday at 7pm GMT.

You can learn more about it and register here:

http://www.fruitfest.co.uk/registration

Stay fruity,

Ronnie Smith
UK Fruitfest

UK Fruitfest takes place this year from the 21st to the 28th of July 2019.  The venue is Croft Farm Waterpark, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.

Join our upcoming webinar this Thursday at 7pm CLICK HERE

 

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Kristina Carillo-Bucaram (@fullyrawkristina) To Appear At Fruitfest 2018

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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.

To enter the contest you can CLICK HERE NOW

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.

 

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