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Is a RAW FOOD DIET actually good for you?

A new wave of chefs with a love for bake-free pizzas and uncooked brownies is helping to turn the idea of ‘eating raw’ from niche to normal. But can a diet that outlaws cooking really be a healthy one? Registered dietitian Juliette Kellow sets the matter straight


Fans of eating raw have a motto: if you cook it, you kill it. “The most healthful food for the body is uncooked and not heated above 48°C to preserve the enzymes,” says Anya Ladra, chef and founder of Raw Fairies, a London-based raw food delivery service. “Enzymes are one of the life forces of food, responsible for every metabolic action in the body,” she explains. Raw advocates say that the benefits are obvious, leading to fewer digestive problems, more energy, healthier skin, hair and nails, improved sleep, enhanced immunity and weight loss.

Some raw food fans believe that this way of eating can also facilitate healing. Jenny Ross, owner of a ‘living-food’ restaurant in California and author of Healing with Raw Foods (£14.99; Hay House UK), says switching to raw cured her health problems. “It can offer relief from conditions such as ulcers, headaches, indigestion, chronic fatigue and depression,” she says.

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The July issue of delicious. is all about reinventing summer cooking with new sticky BBQ recipes and brilliant picnic ideas. You’ll also find a seaside menu from Cornwall, seasonal courgette dishes and the 10 most useful recipes for summer. Debbie Major works her magic with curry powder, Natasha Corrett rustles up fast, healthy meals, plus there’s a guide to baking fennel-seed buns and a stunning 16-page Collector’s Edition Pastry Special.