The essential guide to raw vegan diets
Living food book review
A raw diet can be incredibly healthy if you know what you’re doing, but with so much conflicting information, it can be very difficult to make informed decisions. Becoming Raw is an in-depth, scientifically-based look at the nutrition available in raw food, offering detailed information about how to get all of the essential vitamins and minerals from a raw diet that is entirely free from animal products.
The introductory chapters offer reasons for eating raw and a history of the raw-food movement in the US, but the heart of the book is the science. The effects of plant-based diets on chronic diseases, how plants protect the body and mind, food energy, carbohydrates, fats, and raw food safety are discussed in detail, as are vitamins – all of your questions about getting adequate protein, calcium, and the ever-elusive vitamin B12 are answered scientifically.
To give you an idea of the depth of information, here’s a look at what’s included in the 7 pages devoted to vitamin B12:
- Vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms
- Laboratory testing for vitamin B12 status
- Myths and facts about vitamin B12 (are there plant sources? can we create it internally? do we recycle it?)
- Raw research: vitamin B12 intakes and status of people on raw vegan diets
- Vitamin B12 at different stages of life
- Scientifically proven approaches for getting vitamin B12
The final chapters of Becoming Raw include a selection of recipes and menus to help you eat delicious, healthy, and raw meals, including such delights as herbed almond cheese, creamy zucchini soup, Caesar salad, pesto and sun-dried tomato pizza, and coconut macaroons. If you’re thinking about becoming raw, think about Becoming Raw:
By the same authors: The Raw Food Revolution Diet