This morning, I nonchalantly logged into my Yahoo account with my mind set on cleaning out the plethora of emails flooding my mailbox. But once I was taken to Yahoo’s homepage, I was completely appalled with what I saw.
On Yahoo’s homepage there was a news story entitled “Pregnant Woman on Raw Food Diet Causes Controversy” and there right above the curiosity-sparking title was an image of the bony Australian designer, Loni Jane Anthony. In the picture, she was holding a wooden tray with mason jars filled with bizarre liquids that resembled infant spit-up.
Due to my ever-growing interest in what this news story really was about, I quickly clicked on the picture to view the article. As my eyes absorbed its words, rage and frustration began to boil inside me. I learned that Ms. Anthony was adhering to a diet completely devoid of animal-based protein (an important source of B12), dairy, and cooked foods (which severely limits your intake of grains and legumes). This extremist nutrition regime is known as the 80-10-10 diet which got it’s name from the fact that 80% of the diet is composed of carbohydrates (mostly in the form of sweet fruits), 10% comes from protein, and the last 10% comes from fats. This restrictive diet plan is the brain-child of Dr. Douglas Graham – a man who makes the idiotic claims like that grains, meat, dairy, and legumes have no nutrient that can not be found in plant foods.
So Ms. Anthony is pregnant and following this diet. Sure eating lots of fruits and veggies is vital to good health, but this lady is ingesting NOTHING BUT THEM! Raw foodies are at high risk for developing serious and even life-threatening deficiency in nutrients such as B12, zinc, vitamin D, selenium, iron, and DHA & EPA (two important omega-3 fatty acids). By following this diet when you are pregnant, you are at even more of a risk. The bodies of pregnant women increase the amount of blood they have by 20% to 30% and because this, the body requires more iron. By eating a diet very low in iron, like the 80-10-10 diet, women are not only hurting themselves but their baby as well. Also, it has been shown that women who do not have enough B12 in their system actually don’t have enough B12 in their breast milk. This puts the infant at risk for neurological problems.
So why are folks going on this diet? Why are they risking their health and the health of their future children? Honestly, I don’t know. But I do know that any diet that completely eliminates a food group is a recipe for disaster. So do yourself a favor and give your body the nutrition it needs by eating foods from all the food groups. Everyone deserves to enjoy food not see it as something toxic.
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