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October 22, 2003



Jeffrey Steingarten has an interesting take on raw food in "The Man Who Ate Everything". The gist of this essay is that there are in fact a lot of toxins and chemicals that cancel out the nutrients in raw food. These chemicals are part of the natural defense mechanisms of the plants, but are broken down by cooking. He goes into a lot of examples and cites his evidence.

It wasn't enough to keep me from snacking on some yummy carrots every now and then, but I'd avoid a "raw food diet" like the plague after reading that.

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Interesting. I'll have to take a look at that essay. And, yeah, I've been known to enjoy crudite when it's put in front of me. But, this raw food regimen seems much too extremist - and taste-challenged - for me.

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