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Raw-Veggie Diet Rubs Bones the Wrong Way

by Diane Lofshult on Oct 01, 2005

Until recently, little has been known about the health effects of a raw-food vegetarian diet. Now a study published in the March 28 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine has shed some light on how a “long-term” raw-food diet may affect bone mass.

In comparing the bone health of a control group with that of men and women who had maintained a raw-food vegetarian diet for a mean duration of 3.6 years, the researchers found that the raw-food vegetarians had lower mean bone-mineral content and lower density of the lumbar spine. The authors concluded that a raw-food vegetarian diet “is associated with low bone mass at clinically important skeletal regions, but is without evidence of increased bone turnover or impaired vitamin D status.”

Clearly, more research is needed on the longer-term consequences of a rigid raw-food diet for aging vegetarians. Meanwhile, you might want to consider cooking some of your greens!

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Diane Lofshult

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Diane Lofshult is an award-winning freelance author who specializes in nutrition and weight management topics. She is the founder of In Other Words, an editorial consulting firm based in Solana Beach, California. Reach her at