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I was curious what your thoughts were on the Raw Diet? Is it really "healthy"? Will I lose too much weight if I go 50% raw?
Certainly there is good evidence that eating healthier, fresh food is great for you. Raw veggies, fruits and nuts are great choices.
That said, we know that few people do well on such fad diets for the long haul. Life is a balance between such extremes as only eating raw food and eating only fast food. Eating great food and eating healthy is possible without resorting to only eating raw food.
There's great evidence about diet and weight loss with a Mediterranean style diet.
Thanks for writing,
Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP