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Raw Food Deficiencies


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Discussion about potential raw food deficiencies plus some misconceptions about other deficiencies.

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Raw Food Deficiencies

  1. 1. Raw Foodism Nutrient Deficiencies Raw Food Deficiencies Copyright © 2011
  2. 2. Published by: Windsor, Ontario, Canada Copyright © 2010-2011 – All rights are reserved. No part of this report may be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the written permission of the author, except for the inclusion of brief quotations in a review. This report is the intellectual property of It is acceptable to share, email, transfer and duplicate this report if it is done in it's entirety. However, the right to sell this report is retained by Bottom line: you may not sell the contents of this report. Note: This e-book is optimized for viewing on a computer screen, but it is organized so you can also print it out and assemble it as a book. Since the text is optimized for screen viewing, the type is larger than that in usual printed books. Raw Food Deficiencies Copyright © 2011
  3. 3. Disclaimer This report has been written to provide information about the raw food diet. Every effort has been made to make this report as complete and accurate as possible. However, there may be mistakes in typography or content. Also, this report discusses healthy living and dieting. However, this report should be used as a general guide for the raw food diet – not as a replacement for the advice of a doctor. Nothing in this document, to my knowledge, has been evaluated by the FDA or Health Canada. The purpose of this report is to point you in the right direction for the raw food diet. The author and publisher does not warrant that the information contained in this report is fully complete and shall not be responsible for any errors or omissions. The author and publisher shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by this report. You are solely responsible for the voluntary use of the information shared in this report. If you do not wish to be bound by the above, please do not continue reading this report. The following information is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. It is valuable to seek the advice of an alternative health care professional before making any changes. The statements below have not been evaluated by the FDA (or your country's equivalent). Any products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Raw Food Deficiencies Copyright © 2011
  4. 4. There is lots of mention when people are talking about the raw food diet, about potential nutrient deficiencies in the diet. It has been suggested that a diet of just plant foods will undeniably end up with nutrition deficiencies including iron, calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, protein and others. Although it seems as though lots of raw food eaters have tested as being deficient in vitamins D and B12, rarely, if at all, have we heard of calcium or protein deficiencies. Vitamin D Deficiencies Dependent on where you live on the planet, you may very well be receiving a healthy dose of the D Vitamin from just being in the sun's rays. On a side note... you will never overdose on Vitamin D when absorbing it from the sun, but, people have the potential of getting too much when taking it by supplement. Now, as more and more people are settling further from the equator, it has been said the faithful sun isn't necessarily as efficient in providing us with enough Vitamin D. To get around that, a lot of food items, like cows milk have been fortified with the D Vitamin. But a lot of men and women, vegans and meat eaters alike, just take supplements to keep their D levels proper. And it's not expensive, I have a D supplement that sets me back a mere $21 and it is good for a year... one drip on my tongue each day for 365 days. However, prior to running out to buy a D supplement, cheap or not, get your levels checked to see if you have a deficiency. Vitamin B12 Deficiencies The B12 Vitamin is another nutrient in which, it appears, plenty of folks (including eaters of meat, and raw and cooked vegetarians), are seeing deficiencies (or false positives in serum levels). The way the body processes the B12 Vitamin, makes it extremely difficult to get low levels topped up when taking B12 orally (using supplements or food), so, supplements that go indirectly or directly into the bloodstream are generally best. Raw Food Deficiencies Copyright © 2011
  5. 5. B12 supplement choices include sublingual (below the tongue supplements), B12 shots and these days, B12 patches (transdermally through the skin, then into the blood). The best method to see if you are deficient in the B12 Vitamin is to test your levels with an MMA test, then go from there. Protein Deficiencies Protein is another thing folks get hung up on when discussing raw food deficiencies. People have often said to me that there is no way to obtain protein when meat is not eaten. I explain that there is in fact protein in almost all the foods that we eat and that includes green leafy vegetables, fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds, etc. And of course, hemp is a great source of quickly absorbed protein. They go on to say that "you know, we need protein from meat and not protein from plants" when just a second before they were adamant that protein didn't exist in plant foods. Well, I'm here to say that protein from plant foods is more easily assimilated by our bodies than a piece of cooked flesh. Although, I will admit that I am not opposed to consuming meat from healthy clean sources and when in the raw state. For some of you that may be necessary, it just depends on what you believe and how your body reacts. I am not here to tell people veganism is the only way. As a matter of fact, I eat egg yolks raw assuming they are from grain fed, free range animals. Some folks suggest that egg yolks when consumed raw are ideal sources for protein and will even keep your Vitamin B12 levels optimal. Again, it boils down to what you believe and what seems to work for you and your body. What Else Should I NOT Worry About? Iron, calcium and other minerals can be found in greens as well as seeds and other plant foods. When I get asked (or told) that milk is the only way to get calcium I respond with a resounding "NO!". My mother even had the nerve to tell some members of our family that I don't give calcium to my kids, that I don't "believe" in it. No mom, I don't give my kids dairy products because there are much better sources of calcium that are available :) Raw Food Deficiencies Copyright © 2011
  6. 6. Like with any other dietary change, please check with your doctor before making any drastic changes to your diet. Advertiser Here Contact me at to inquire about advertising at the bottom of my PDF documents. You can order and instantly download this complete raw recipe series at a discount right now from The Raw Chef - click HERE. Raw Food Deficiencies Copyright © 2011