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Gwyneth Paltrow, Demi Moore and Madonna are all advocates of the raw food diet, but it transpires that the effects could be deadly.

Genetic expert Professor Steve Jones says that a long-term raw food diet could kill you. He explained that humans have lost the ability to digest to process raw food, which is why the diet has so much potential for harm.

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“We are the only animal who has ever lived that would starve to death if we ate raw food alone,” he said at Hay Festival.

“We’ve lost the enzymes and the absorption mechanism to digest raw food. We’ve lost muscular strength. All kinds of things.”

There are various reasons why people choose to eat only raw food. For some, it’s about weight loss, while for others it’s to do with the environment. Others are swayed by the fact that they won’t lose any of the vitamins and minerals that are taken away in cooking.

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Ultimately, increasing the amount of nutrients in your diet is positive, but only eating raw food is damaging.

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From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK