Dental Care, Fruit, And The Raw Diet
Cindy's Question: Hi Andrew
I read your piece on dental care
I am a bit stumped. If one rarely eats nuts, seeds, and dried fruit, it would seem fresh fruit and veggies are what is left. If then we eat fruit in moderation, that leaves vegetables.
Is that your primary diet?
I ask because I have been raw for almost one year and a trip to the dentist revealed I have three cavities that I did not have prior to going raw. I just need some sound guidance.
Cindy in PhillyAndrew's Answer
Fruit should not be something we eat in moderation.
Whole, ripe fruit is our ideal fuel source
, and should be eaten as a staple food. Bananas, dates, persimmons, watermelons, pineapple, oranges, and many others are the tasty basis of a healthy raw food diet.
Vegetables are indeed necessary and healthy, but contain far too few calories to meet our needs. Fruit is necessary to fuel us properly.
Without low fat fresh fruit, you are reliant on nuts, seeds, and dried fruit, which sticks to your teeth and causes cavities.
If these have been a major component of your diet for over a year, it does not surprise me that you've developed cavities.
Such fare will also leave you with low-energy levels, as they are low in water and hard for your body to digest.
Get on a diet of water rich fruit with sufficient calories and watch your energy levels soar.
Figure out what a healthy raw food diet looks like here