The raw food diet has become popular with some people who want to do anything they possibly can to improve their health. All the foods in the diet are eaten raw so that the food's chemical structure isn't changed. Proponents of the raw food diet believe that raw foods contain more beneficial enzymes than cooked food because heating food breaks down the enzymes.
While most raw food diets include only fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, some raw diets include raw milk, meat, and eggs. Raw or undercooked meat and dairy products may contain bacteria, and eating them may make you sick. This is especially a concern if your immune system is compromised from breast cancer treatment. If you are interested in a raw food diet, avoid raw animal products.
Right now, there is no scientific evidence that a raw food diet will reduce breast cancer risk. Because the diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, it contains many phytochemicals that may provide a range of health benefits. Following a strict raw food diet that has no animal products will probably not give you enough protein, iron, calcium, and other important minerals, especially if you are having chemotherapy or other breast cancer treatment.
More research is needed on the raw food diet and how it may affect breast cancer risk. If you're interested in raw foods, talk to your doctor and a registered dietitian to make sure you're getting enough nutrients and that your diet is properly balanced. You may be able to modify the raw food diet to meet your individual circumstances.
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