Are you getting a raw deal?

In the era of green smoothies, what should patients be told about a raw food diet?

THE rise in sales of food processors, blenders and juicers1 is indicative of the latest trendy food fad — raw eating.

Proponents of raw eating believe “when you cook it, you kill it”, meaning you destroy nutrients and natural enzymes contained in food they believe are beneficial to health.

Raw foodies eat uncooked food that can be warmed so long as it is not above 120°C, the temperature at which enzymes are thought to be destroyed.2