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    Men lose 21.8 lbs on raw food diet, women lose 26.4 lbs


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    Monday, September 13, 2010 7:02 am Email this article
    A raw food diet causes an average weight loss of 21.8 pounds in men and 26.4 pounds in women according to a study from Germany. Subjects

    Subjects: 216 men, 297 women

    The study looked at 216 men and 297 women who had been on a raw food diet for an average of 3.7 years.

     

    Underweight Subjects

    15% of men and 25% of women were underweight

    Body mass index (BMI) was below the normal range of, that is less than 18.5, often referred to as underweight, in roughly one out of every seven men (14.7 percent) and one out of every four women (25 percent).

     

    Some Women Stopped Menstruating

    30% of women had stopped menstruating

    Approximately 30 percent of the women had stopped having their periods. The higher the amount of raw food that they ate, the more likely it was. Women who ate a diet containing more than 90 percent as raw foods were more likely to stop menstruating than women eating a more moderate raw food diet.

     

    Conclusion

    Conclusion: “A strict raw food diet cannot be recommended long-term”

    “The consumption of a raw food diet is associated with a high loss of body weight,” the authors of the study concluded. “Since many raw food dieters exhibited underweight and amenorrhea [loss of menstruation], a very strict raw food diet cannot be recommended on a long-term basis.”

     

    Comment

    Comment: I am not convinced it is so bad

    I am not convinced that the changes seen are all that harmful. I would like to see the results of a study looking at people who have been on a raw food diet for a long time, maybe 20 years or more, and see what they health of these people are. The only concern I can think of is that a loss of menstruation might also weaken the bones of women which could be a problem when they get older. But the advantage might be a reduction—perhaps a large reduction—in the risk of breast cancer.

    REFERENCE

    Koebnick C, Strassner C, Hoffmann I, Leitzmann C. Consequences of a long-term raw food diet on body weight and menstruation: results of a questionnaire survey. Ann Nutr Metab. 1999, 43(2):69-79.
    AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION

    Dr. Corinna Koebnick
    Institute of Nutritional Science, Justus Liebig University of Giessen
    Wilhelmstrasse 20, D-35392 Giessen (Germany)
    Tel. +49 641 99 39051
    Fax +49 641 99 39049
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