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  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (January 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456567225
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456567224
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very very useful information.
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I would highly recommend this book to anyone considering a raw or mostly raw food diet.
Glenn Thomas
You will find out the real cause of diabetes and how to prevent it.
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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful By jlang on November 5, 2011
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Right now I consider this the very most valuable raw food book I've ever read. When I first read this book I thought, "This author is an idiot! Doesn't he know that nature created raw food and all raw food is good! Cooked food is poison...." I am six months into the raw food lifestyle, and in the beginning I hit it with religious enthusiasm, and religious ignorance (unknowing to me). This book opened me up to the idea that I need to be a little more practical in my approach to raw foods. According to the author, the ideal raw food diet is high in fruit sugar and greens, and low in fat (even raw fat). Yes, I am now a believer in this system. Based on the author's recommended style of eating I have been able to start running again because I have enough calories now. I am getting stronger and I have more energy because I have enough calories from the right source - fruit sugar (not raw fat). I needed this book to show me the light. I want to be stronger and have energy. Before reading this book I was not getting enough calories in my diet, and I was eating too much raw fat. I didn't have energy, and I stopped working out. Also, I lost 35 pounds (which was welcomed, but I didn't like not having energy). So, I'm ready to get my energy back. I do eat some vegan cooked foods at dinner as described in the book. It's about getting enough calories for me now.

Please let me quickly mention that I hated this book in the beginning. First, you get to read about the author's life. I didn't like that at first (I love it now). Then, finally towards the second half of the book you get some real meaty information (hahahah - meaty). I am a black-and-white thinker, and I disagreed with the author's conclusions in the second half of the book.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By vegan miss on June 29, 2011
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I've been on a mostly raw-food diet for going on 15 years now, and I didn't think there was much I didn't know about it. But there were some surprises in Fred Patenaude's latest book, "Raw Food Controversies."

Most raw-food books on the market today, even the newest ones, insist on treading old ground and cite why raw food should form the backbone of human diets and that you don't have to sacrifice flavor for maxinmum nutrition. But Fred, in telling his story of how he managed to become sick even on what was supposed to be the world's optimal diet, has some important lessons for all of us who think it doesn't matter what you put into your mouth just as long as it's raw.

Fred's story contains much new information that's worth tuning into on that topic and also the subject of dental health.

Whether you agree or not with his conclusions, it's crucial for the raw food community to start honing in on more sophisticated information than merely "cooked food is death." Because there are so many controversies out there, such as if 100% or 90% or 75% raw is optimal, how good dental health may be achieved and why raw foodists don't achieve the longest life spans, the raw food community needs to begin raising these issues seriously. There's a dire need for more useful information about this diet. Fred has begun to address some of them in earnest.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Brian Gecko on February 5, 2011
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People are interesting. Memoirs about people are interesting. But to be able to read a personal story on a topic I have such a great interest in was a true pleasure!

Frederic Patenaude is one of the premiere health authors in the raw food world. His experience, clear communication and pleasant writing style make this book a MUST-READ for anyone ever involved in the raw/vegan lifestyle.

When I began my raw food journey, everything seemed so simple. Just eat raw! More nutrients! Enzymes! Superfoods! 100%, and it'll all be great, right?

Not so fast, young Jedi. The raw food diet is a powerful tool, but with great power comes great responsibility. If done improperly, health decline ensues. If done right, however, it can be a great addition to your lifestyle design.

Raw Food Controversies offers helpful information woven into a page-turning read that many foodies can relate to. It gives insight into the dynamic world of diet -- the good, the bad, the ugly, and how to navigate the seas towards better health.

Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this book. Frederic's other titles, including the well-known Raw Secrets, and Raw Vegan Coach, are also excellent information tools to help you succeed.

Enjoy!
Brian Greco
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Reader on October 9, 2012
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First off, I am not a friend of the author's, and I rarely am moved to review books. I have to say this because what you are about to read may lead you to believe that only a friend of the author would say such glowing things about the book.
This book is, in a word, sobering and terribly important. I have been an ovo-lacto-vegetarian for 27 years, and a full-fledged vegan, along with my wife and two children, for the past year after having read the equally sobering book "The China Study" by T. Colin Campbell. The vegan diet thing has been going really well, we in my household are all healthy, I have maintained my bodyweight (which is desirable, as I was not overweight to start with), and my children are growing, gaining weight, and doing quite well in school. All is well. But it was just recently that I encountered a couple of people locally who claim to be 100% raw vegan and tell me how much more energy they have. Who wouldn't want this? I sure do. So I went to a raw vegan cooking class (can you tell I live in California? ha ha) and learned how to make a few really terrific dishes, and the chef teaching the class also extolled the virtues of raw veganism. So I was intrigued. However, I could just never figure out exactly what it is I was supposed to eat day-to-day. The food prep books I've glanced at are full of salad-y kinds of things, which is great, but was I supposed to live off of this? Well, Patenoude's book clarified everything for me. In a nutshell, folks who attempt to do this generally fall off the wagon, and how soon they do so is mostly just related to how determined they were at the get go. As John McDougall rightly points out, our bodies are adapted to using carbohydrates (mostly in the form of starch) for energy...
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