Although cooking can alter the digestibility of foods the information about enzymes and nutrition being 'destroyed' by Woody H. is misleading IMO. I have done the very same thing that was done on that film, starting last April, by removing most of the carbs from my food plan. I have lost about 45 lbs. and stopped both my insulin and my Avandia. I still need my metformin for moving glucose into my cells because I am unable to do strenuous exercise other than swimming. (I have fibromyalgia and arthritis.)
I still eat chicken and fish and pork and beef in sensible amounts. I use tons of veggies but I also eat such things as olives (that are canned). Eating the way that I do is expensive, and the only thing that really helps me is that my husband works as a produce driver and can get fresh produce at a great price. If we were low income it would be extremely difficult to stick to a sensible low carb food plan.
Almost any 'diet' that eliminates the starch category from the food groups will cause weight loss, lowered blood sugar and improved blood work, as Dr. Atkins has shown. His diet is almost the exact opposite of the raw food plan and has similar results. I don't think that the eating of raw foods is the key to this plan for 'reversing' diabetes. I believe that it's because nobody eats raw wheat or raw rice. It's not palatable.
And the dangerous thing about this food plan and its claims, to me, is that one of the doctors actually said these people were essentially "cured". No... they weren't cured or they would be able to eat whatever they wanted and still have a blood sugar of 100 two hours after a meal. Most Type2 diabetics can keep their numbers in line if they stop consuming carbohydrates. That's where I am. But I am not "cured" only living in control of my food intake so as to assist my body with glucose metabolism. My body will never be able to handle a high metabolic load again. Period. Being a Type2 diabetic is much like being an alcoholic. They can stay sober forever but that isn't a cure for alcoholism. Any alcohol consumption will put them right back at square one.
Do you see what I'm saying? I believe that this is another 'fad' food plan that simply hides the fact that it's really a low carb food plan in disguise. People with diverticulitis or Crohn's Disease would die on this diet so obviously, it's not the 'Eureka Moment' that they think it is. Just my 2¢.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
~Please remember that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class! Yours may be one of them...
"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross