Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Organic Raw Fruit Contains Carcinogens! (Don't worry about it.) - YouTube


Raw food diet advocates believe we should avoid cooking because it may produce carcinogens, but they seem unaware that organic raw fruits contain naturally occurring carcinogens, before cooking.
Organically grown fruits and vegetables actually produce greater quantities of naturally occurring carcinogens than conventionally grown fruits and vegetables.

But we don't need to worry about this! In the video I explain why.

The fact that some food contains some chemical that causes cancer in lab animals if it is isolated and given in a maximum tolerable dose doesn't mean that the whole food is carcinogenic. Whole plant foods contain chemopreventive factors as well, and a plant based diet most likely has a net cancer preventive effect regardless of whether it is cooked or raw.

In fact, cooking vegetables and fruits may increase their ability to prevent cancers. See for example the data presented in Dr. Greger's NutritionFacts.org video "Which Vegetable Binds Bile Best?".

3 comments:

Jonathan Rasmus said...

Interesting.

Alessio Giorgio said...

Don,
So do you think a 100% raw vegan diet, high in carbs and low in fat, is not optimal?
Do you think we should go for a cooked low fat plant based diet?

Don Matesz said...

Alessio,

Well, each can decide for him/her self whether s/he thrives on 100% raw.

However, I think a mix of raw and cooked is best for most people. That's what I do myself, and that's what I recommend.

I have another video on this topic that explains other advantages of cooking. http://youtu.be/iZCYMcfBVO0