I saw a link to this article as I was checking my e-mail this morning. Low and behold, what is number one?
"Raw food diet
Devotees of the raw food diet aim to get the majority of their calories from unprocessed and uncooked foods. Rawists believe that cooking foods above 116°–118° F destroys enzymes that provide many health benefits. While most dietitians would agree that eating lots of minimally processed fruits, vegetables, and grains is best, we also understand that processing actually boosts the bioavailability of several key nutrients, primarily the phytonutrients, and inactivates some of the unhealthy compounds.
The raw food diet is rich in all plant-based foods including fruits and vegetables; nuts and seeds; and sprouted seeds, grains, and beans. Don't get me wrong; these ingredients are great—and you can make plenty of meals using these guidelines. But following this type of diet to a T requires a lot of complicated food preparation—creating pine-nut and yeast "cheese," for example—that makes it impractical for most working people.
I have had plenty of experience with raw foods because I live in Marin County, Calif., where Roxanne Klein, the co-author of Raw, started Roxanne's Fine Cuisine, a line of pricey prepared raw food creations available at our Whole Foods and other high-end supermarkets. I've tried several of the items but have found them to be extremely expensive and not very tasty—certainly nothing I could follow for more than a day or two at most.
As a part-time vegan, I know that eating lower on the food chain can help promote weight loss, but I also know that caloric content is not related to the temperature at which food is cooked. Skip the raw food diet, and eat more healthful whole foods—cooked or raw—to help whittle your waist, not your wallet."
what is everyones opinion on this. a part-time vegan?
also, here is a link to the article: