Having a foot in both worlds (happily, may I add), I often find it funny how both sides consider the other borderline insane when in fact they have so much in common! Today, let’s turn a blind eye on our differences, and focus on the similarities.
Here are the 15 reasons why Raw Foodists and Weston A. Price followers aren’t so different after all!
#1 Both spend a huge amount of the time learning about nutrition, making food, and then blogging about it. Here are some of my favorite blogs:
#2 Both sides are crazy for fermented foods.
“Fermented” may sound gross, but oh how delicious cultured veggies can be! Both sides go nuts for sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, water kefir, and more.
#3 Both sides know what enzyme inhibitors are, and how to remove them from the food they eat.
Enzyme inhibitors are present in nuts, seeds, grains and some other foods, and they bind to minerals such as iron, calcium, zinc, etc. and prevent their absorption. Do you think that if a food label lists “zinc: 50%”, you’re getting all that? Most likely, you will get a lot less. Your digestion may not be perfect, the food may have the inhibitors intact, etc. By soaking these offenders overnight, these foods will be more digestible and more nutritious.
#4 Both sides look for nutrient density, even though their definition of “nutrient dense” is different.
One side loves liver, one side loves green juices. The definition of “nutrient dense” differs, but both sides know to get big nutrition every day.
#5 Both hate Monsanto and the genetic modification of the food supply
Ah, Monsanto, how we hate you. You pollute the environment, and sue those who try to keep seeds pure but get contaminated by your products (often on purpose, I am sure). Buy organic!
#6 Both care about animals and will do their best to avoid animal products altogether (for one side) or will strive to get them from ethical family farms.
Many raw vegans would argue that if you kill an animal, then no matter how well it was treated, you’re not caring for it. I understand this way of thinking. The other side argues that eating these very animals is necessary, as they provide us with nutrients that are not available in plants, but that one should care for them well both out of respect and to maximize the nutritional value of the food. I understand this way of thinking, too.
#7 Superfoods, bee pollen and spirulina!
I knew this was the case in the raw vegan community, but I didn’t know the Weston Price Foundation recommended them too. But they do, check out their Guide to Superfoods.
#8 Colon cleansing, anyone? Most people on each side have either tried colonics or are thinking about it.
Many raw foodists recommend them, like Natalia Rose, Matt Monarch and more. Coffee enemas are also part of the GAPS diet.
#9 Both sides recommend a quart of milk a day.
#10 Both avoid soy like the plague
Unfermented soy is full of estrogen analogs which mess with our hormones, and soy products on the market are incredibly processed. Only fermented soy is used, like miso. For a comprehensive article on the dangers of soy, read this.
#11 Both sides love their fats.
Coconut oil producers could restrict their client base to just raw foodists and Weston Price followers, and their profits wouldn’t suffer! And yes, some raw foodists follow very low fat diets and don’t eat overt fats at all, but they are a minority (albeit a loud one).
#12 Both sides are very protective of their children 🙂
Many of them will consider homeschooling, and will question vaccines, food additives, pesticides and herbicides.
#13 Halloween is a pretty tough holiday for them!
#14 Both are considered extreme by mainstream people, but they see mainstream people as uneducated and complacent.
“You don’t eat any refined sugar at all? Isn’t that extreme?”
“Well, shouldn’t refining sugar in the first place be considered extreme?”
“You never cook your food? Isn’t that extreme?”
“Isn’t eating molecularly changed food extreme?”
#15 Both sides wonder how the other can get up in the morning on such a crazy diet!
Does anything more need to be said? 🙂
What other similarities have you noticed between the two groups?