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The Real Science About a Raw Vegan Diet - Dangers and Benefits of a Raw Vegan Diet - The Most Important Article You Will Read About a Vegan Diet

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 3

A raw vegan diet has abundant health benefits if planned carefully and followed strictly. Unfortunately for many people it is impossible  to follow this every day and this is where things start to go wrong and turn ugly. It’s important to know the basic science of food in order to evaluate your diet. 

Danger #1: Unbalanced Energy Intake

No matter what diet you have, the calories should come in a balanced form and ratio of protein, sugar or carbohydrates and fats. These are the only sources of energy you can sustain on in the long term. It’s very important to choose a right ration between protein/carbohydrates and fats. If you don’t do this, you will become out of balance. No matter what types of food you eat, it is very important to always follow the rule of 3/3/4. This means around 30% protein, 40% carbs and 30% fat. The only nutrient that can be limited are carbohydrates and to prevent ketosis and health problems, it should be reduced to 100 grams a day.

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                                                    Credit: the science of eating

 

Many Raw Vegan’s start a more radical and extreme approach which threatens and dangers there health. If you only eat bananas your body will use carbohydrates as its energy source which needs insulin to store glucose in the body. Overtime you will create insulin and blood sugar related problems. If your main calorie source are fats in the form of large amounts of plant oils and seeds and nuts, you will develop fat related problems such as heart disease and indigestion. 

Danger #2: Lack Of Nutrients

A diet deficient  in dairy and meat can be perfectly healthy but dangerous if there is a mineral unbalance. A raw vegan diet typically is abundant in phytic acid, a mineral chelator known to bind minerals. Many vegans state that phytic acid is harmless and even benefits our health since its already bound to a mineral and thus will not rob the body of nutrients. This believe is false and very dangerous because any scientist will know that phytic acid carries phosphorus groups and not minerals!

phytate

Source: Wikipedia

Vegans than argument that soaking will reduce the phytic acid and thus not rob the body of minerals, again this is another false statement as demonstrated by science:

phytate reduction

Source: Foodgraphs

Only a number of processing steps is helpful in reducing phytic acids in grains , beans or nuts:

proven

Source: Foodgraphs

Because a vegan diet lacks animal products, certain minerals can be malabsorbed in the body creating further health problems. Animal products such as meat and dairy contain no phytic-acid and minerals are efficiently absorbed in the body. In addition does dairy and meat contain nutrients that are not found in vegan foods and much be produced by the body such as Choline, Taurine, DHEA, carnitine and vitamin-B12 (cannot be manufactured in the body)

In a study of supversity, a vegan diet was demonstrated to be more deficient in essential nutrients when compared to other diets:

nutrients

Source: Supversity

Benefit #1: Caloric restriction and Increase in Longevity

A vegan diet, especially raw is hard to maintain balanced but when planned properly holds many health benefits that explain the popularity of the diet. The diet is generally low in calories which is associated with reduction in virtually every known disease in mankind and increases longevity. Its thus not the miracles of the foods you consume but how much you consume that is important and attributes to the health benefits of such a diet.

Benefit #2: Reduced incidence of diabetes, heart disease and breast cancer

  The China Study has demonstrated that a vegan diet overall has less incidence of heart disease because of inflammation promoting components found in meat and dairy. Animal fat intake has been linked to increased rate of breast cancer as excellently documented in the book:


china study

Source: The China Study

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Comments

Jun 16, 2013 9:43am
Zachjazz
I don't follow this type of diet, but I appreciate your article. I especially appreciate the scientific nature of what you are presenting here, as well as all of the visual aids. Thank you.
Jun 16, 2013 1:26pm
srdawson
Zachjazz thank you, I will post more update's about this topic and also other type's of diets. I have a scientific background and fully access to sciencedirect articles published after 1995, so I try to make my articles as unbiased as possible. I enjoy reading your articles aswell :)
Jul 17, 2013 3:48pm
mkomma
Thanks for this. It's a great article and would be great to show other people.
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