Celebrity Fans: Demi Moore, Natalie Portman and Woody Harrelson are reportedly fans of this diet.
What’s it all about? It’s the practise of eating raw uncooked food and non-pasteurised/non-homogenised dairy products. This diet can be used by vegans and meat eaters.
BDA Verdict: This hits a raw nerve! A raw diet can be low in fat and calories but can also be low in calcium, vitamin D, iron, zinc, and protein. Many foods can only be eaten cooked, like rice, pasta, bread, potatoes, beans and pulses, so these are excluded. The diet is unsuitable for pregnant women, children and other at risk groups. In fact some foods are more nutritious if cooked, like carrots and tomatoes. This diet is time consuming, socially isolating and you’ll have an awful lot of chewing to do. For those who use meat in a raw diet, they put themselves at risk of food poisoning and gastroenteritis.