Thursday, 28 May 2009

If It's Good Enough for Apes ...

Did anyone see Tuesday's Oprah? There was a small bit on raw food. They called it the "evolutionary diet". The study that was based on a diet that's similar to apes, asked nine people to eat 11 pounds of raw fruit, veggies and nuts each day. The study's purpose was to see if this "evolutionary diet" could lower participants' blood pressure. Big surprise - of course their blood pressure lowered. They also lowered their cholesterol and lost 10 pounds.

The problem? I seriously question the real world validity of this experiment. Aside from how boring this must have been for participants, for 12 days they only ate whole fruits and veggies - no raw soups, sauces, dips or puddings, because an ape doesn't have access to a Vita-mix of course. But they also made participants live in the a zoo for the entire study!! They can't possibly expect people to live like apes to lower their blood pressure.

If they wanted to conduct a study like this, why didn't they look at a group of raw food vegans who live in a house, go to work, contribute to normal society and eat flavourful and interesting raw food? It sure as heck would have had more applicable results. I would definitely volunteer for a study like that.


A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Sounds interesting! We have a local advertising campaign here to promote eating 2 fruit and 5 veg every day. Fortuantley it doesn't have to be raw :)

Shanghai Monkey said...

... and it probably doesn't have to be consumed in a zoo! :P

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