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Raw Food Controversies: How to Avoid Common Mistakes That May Sabotage Your Health Paperback – January 28, 2011
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are just starting with vegan or raw diet, or just want to learn more about it, yes it can be useful to a certain extent. Read morePublished 3 months ago by lucija
The author is saying that don't eat high fat raw vegan diet. Instead eat low fat raw vegan diet.
in other words, get majority of calories from carbs ( fruits ) rather... Read more
Too many stories..I was expecting to see more fact-based information--not just his personal experiences.Published 16 months ago by Juliene Bell-Smith
I see all the reviews are in the Kindle edition but, like most reviews here, I purchased the actual book. Read morePublished 22 months ago by RedVirgo
It's a great book! For those who have started a raw diet or for those who are going to start! I really recommend. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Priscila
I actually found this book incredibly informative. Whether or not the information is true, I don't know. But, I would like to think so.... Read morePublished on May 9, 2014 by Unicorn
Highly, highly recommended! Finally a book that speaks the truth. Full of practical information to make the raw food diet a successful lifestyle. Well done!Published on April 2, 2014 by DANI
I was hoping for more information about concerns of being on a raw food diet I do not necessarily agree with the author on some of his opinions.Published on February 27, 2014 by Tonya Varnell