Does the raw food diet really work? And what's the best way to go about it? Christy Kaloustian investigates.


This basically dictates a diet of fruits and vegetables only – raw. (Lend your microwave to the neighbours.)

Like the juice detox, this super-streamlined eating style lacks vital nutrients and minerals in protein, complex carbs and healthy fats.

“This one is safe to try if you want to ease yourself into a long-term healthy lifestyle, but it shouldn’t be followed for longer than three or four days,” nutritionist Stephanie Payne advises.

Although eating fruits and vegetables raw often delivers more bang for your fruit ‘n’ veg buck, it can’t take the place of a balanced diet covering all macronutrients, she adds.

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