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|Why Eat Raw Organic Plant Food?|
What would you give for fewer colds/allergies, more energy, a slender body, a sharper mind, clear skin, better digestion, and slashed risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, gallstones, infections, and premature death? No drug or surgery or supplement can give you all these. But a natural diet and lifestyle can.
The scientific evidence supporting a plant-based diet is so overwhelming that the meat and dairy industries have resorted to billion-dollar image campaigns to boost sales. But slick ads and misinformation cannot fool us forever. Americans are turning away from drug-and-cut medicine, as they learn that vegetarians need it less.
The scientific evidence supporting a raw diet is less extensive, but growing. For example, scientists have known for years that cooking destroys nutrients (vitamins, antioxidants, enzymes) and creates toxins (trans fats, cross-linked proteins, heterocyclic amines). But new studies show that cooking starchy foods creates acrylamide, a potent carcinogen.
Think about it. Our species is the only one on Earth that chemically alters its food with heat. Animals that eat and live naturally don't get our epidemics of chronic disease.
Many people are concerned about our fragile blue-and-green home. They want something left for their children and grandchildren. They don't realize that the most powerful single action they can take, according to environmental scientists, is to change what they eat.
Your fellow creatures
Some people say that bringing the flesh of tortured animals into our bodies brings misery into our spirits. We can't prove that, but animal food definitely brings greater risk of infection with deadly bacteria, cancer-causing viruses, and prions (Mad Cow disease).
It's no fun to think about the suffering in the world, especially when you can do nothing about it. But you can do something about this. You can satisfy your needs for nutrition and eating pleasure with plant foods, and reduce the torture of creatures with nerves and feelings much like yours.
You need not sacrifice taste. Over time, people shifting to a raw vegan diet grow to love Nature's vast bounty of different flavors. But beginners can enjoy them too. We hope your experience at Ecopolitan gives you a glimpse of the possible.
* Main reference: John Robbins, The Food Revolution, Conari Press, 2001