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Becoming Raw: The Essential Guide to Raw Vegan Diets Paperback – February 5, 2010
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About the Author
She has worked as an academic nutrition instructor, a public health nutritionist, a clinical dietitian, and a nutrition consultant. Brenda specializes in essential fatty acid nutrition and life cycle challenges, and has published numerous articles on these and other topics relating to vegetarian nutrition.
Vesanto Melina is co-author of the Position Paper on Vegetarian Diets and coordinated the vegetarian section of the Manual of Clinical Dietetics, 6th Edition, both joint projects of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada.
Vesanto has taught nutrition at the University of British Columbia and Bastyr University, and is an internationally known speaker and consultant to individuals, government, and the food industry on vegetarian nutrition and foods. Among her published books, Vesanto co-authored Becoming Vegan, The New Becoming Vegetarian, and The Food Allergy Survival Guide.
Rynn Berry is the historical advisor to the North American Vegetarian Society and was recently commissioned to write the entry on the history of vegetarianism in America for the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink (2005).
He is the author of six major books on vegetarianism that include The New Vegetarians, Famous Vegetarians, Food for the Gods: Vegetarianism and the World's Religions, Hitler: Neither Vegetarian Nor Animal Lover, and an annual publication The Vegan Guide to New York City.
Rynn is a regular speaker at the annual Vegetarian Summerfest , is a popular radio guest who appears frequently on talk shows from coast to coast, and has had his articles published in national and international newspapers and magazines included The New York Times, The Toronto Star, and The London Sunday Telegraph.
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Top Customer Reviews
You don't have to be a total raw food convert to enjoy this book. Even if you're just thinking about adding more healthful raw foods to your diet, I think you'll find this book as useful as I have. It starts out with a history of the raw food movement, gives lots of scientific evidence on why it can be a healthy way of eating, and then goes on to give all kinds of information, things you've probably never even thought about, on incorporating raw foods into your diet or going totally raw. It tells you what you need to know if you do decide to take the plunge, about getting all the nutrients you need.
There is a small section with raw food recipes and another section with full meal menus which I found especially helpful. I'm not looking (yet) to totally adopt this kind of diet but I would like to add a lot more raw food to our everyday meals. The recipes are pretty easy and there are a good variety.Read more ›
Becoming Raw is a complete guide to the raw diet and, in many ways, it is like reading an educational textbook on raw food nutrition. I am no expert on the subject of nutrition, so I knew there would be much to learn when I opened this book for the first time. My expectations were correct, for Becoming Raw is loaded with information on nutrition and eating raw foods. It teaches you about the building blocks of food, like carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, and minerals. It offers recipes, nutritional tables, and other reference materials. It educates the reader on the many benefits that raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and other foods bring to the body. It covers a wide range of topics and serves as a very informative book on this subject.
Individuals who are trying to lose weight will find that a diet in raw foods is certainly a good, viable way to drop pounds and many people will read this book for that reason alone. But Becoming Raw is much more than a book dedicated to those who are determined to reduce their waistline. This book is useful to anyone who wants to eat better and learn about the many benefits that a plant- based diet can bestow on the body. A diet rich in these raw foods can, for example, offer protection against cardiovascular disease, reverse the effects of some common ailments, and shorten the span of common illnesses such as the common cold.Read more ›
The chapters are:
Becoming Raw For Life
A History of the Raw-Food Movement in the United States
The Raw Report: Scientific Evidence To Date
Why Raw Rocks!
Energy and Power
Carbohydrates in the Raw
Fat: Friends and Foes
Vitamins: Inviting Vitality
Acid-Base Balance, Bones and Minerals
The Great Enzyme Controversy
Food Safety: Raw Case Files
Nutrition Guidelines and Menus
I've always wanted to try eating raw. With this book it would be so easy to do. The book is full of drafts and charts. In my opinion, there is no biased information in this book, it is just full of facts and you can draw your own conclusion.
My favorite recipes, even though there were only a few, were the Smoothies. I know I'll be using them often.
This is a book that you can either live by on a daily basis, or go to whenever you start feeling sluggish and want a boost. I know there have been many studies on the health benefits of going raw, from diabetes, to cholesterol and high blood pressure. This is one of the best books I've come across about eating raw.
*Thanks to Anna and Planned Television Arts for this review copy*
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A great overview from a legitimate, scientific source of the raw vegan diet. Don't read those other dogmatic books about it that tell you biased opinions disguised as facts (won't... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Victoria
Comprehensive. Responsibly researched and written. If you're going to buy one book on going raw, this is the one that will keep you out of trouble.Published 2 months ago by Jamie Dedes
Excellent, this book is full of so much helpful info I can't even begin to share how wonderful it is. Brenda Davis is truly one in a million when it comes to nutrition!Published 3 months ago by AARON P.
Reading Becoming Raw is like having your own dietitian to guide you in achieving success in following a raw food lifestyle. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Reuben Allen
Becoming Raw will help you design a raw or mainly raw vegan diet that is nutritionally safe and adequate and is optimal for nourishing your body, mind, and soul. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Susan Levin
One of the best books on nutrition. A must read if you desire knowledge about the body you live in. It is clear that a lot of research and time went into this marvouleous and very... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Paul Bunyan