The Raw Food Diet
A food is considered “raw” if it is not heated above 120 degrees, and includes raw milk (unpasteurized and non-homogenized), raw honey, raw cocoa, and raw fruits and veggies, as well as fermented foods such as raw cheese, raw yogurt, raw kefir, sourdough bread, sauerkraut, pickles, wine, fermented beets and carrots, and fermented apple cider.
Although I’d been exposed to the idea of raw food while studying naturopathic medicine (in fact several of my classmates were raw food gurus), I never did fully understand the concept of why a raw food diet was supposed to be healthier than just eating a standard whole food-based diet.
At the same time, though, I was puzzled by the fact that so many patients needed probiotics and digestive enzymes long-term. My goal is always to guide my patients to the point where “food is