Exploring Food Myths:
Asking my patients to NOT consume raw foods has always -without fail- led to expressions of shock and surprise on their part! As a naturopath well-versed in nutritional sciences (being my passion as well as my undergraduate degree at UofT), as well as the latest trends and fads, I can understand my patients’ doubts when I recommend cooked meals. They come to me expecting to go on a raw foods/juicing diet and believe they are doing their body good by ensuring that a large portion of their diet is made up of raw foods. Wrong!
I have always tried to explain this from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective and the Yin and Yang nature of foods and our bodies abilities to digest, assimilate & utilize nutrients from foods, and the necessity to ensure part of the food breakdown is completed prior to foods reaching our mouth and stomach. There’s now scientific evidence that confirms many traditional medical beliefs including TCM.
Here’s the study quoted and commented on by Dr. Weil MD; there’s now more evidence as to why raw foods aren’t all that they are hyped up to be!