Loving It Raw: Understanding the Raw Food Diet Jennifer Wells
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
A while back I reviewed a book of recipes based around a raw food diet. It was interesting and some sounded mouth-watering – it’s not all plain fruit and vegetables but delicious nut milks, smoothies, dips and dehydrated cakes and bread style foods. It didn’t really tell me how to incorporate raw foods into a daily regime though – this book does.
There’s a few simple recipes to get the reader started, but the main crux of the book is about why and how to incorporate raw foods into one’s lifestyle. What I found really interesting were the argumenta for and against. It was good to see the “cons” set out honestly, and not glossed over. Like all diets there are risks with raw foods and one needs to balance them against the benefits. Life is all about risk assessment and armed with honest information, and advice on how to minimize risk its easier to make a decision. Full marks to Jennifer for including this section – it would be easier to pretend its all beneficial but when an author is honest I’m far more inclined to trust his/her words.
The link between cooked foods and certain illnesses was interesting. I knew that, for instance, BBQ foods and its burned edges has been linked to carcinogenic properties, and yet every summer people get out the BBQ at the first hint of sun. If we accept that risk why then make a fuss about the very few raw food risks. The benefit certainly outweighs it to my mind, and shouldn’t put anyone wanting to go raw food off.
For anyone looking to add raw foods into their lifestyle, even if just part of their diet, this book is packed with sensible, down to earth advice on the practical side. It’s not a “diet” in the accepted sense, but more a healthier way of eating. It’s well worth buying and reading to help you decide why and how to do it.
Stars: Five, it’s a short read, but very honest and practical.
ARC supplied via author.