Both prostate cancer and the raw food diet has been controversial in recent years. Prostate cancer screening has come into question whether or not testing, diagnosis and treatment have gone too far. The raw food diet often have many athletes who have found life-changing results argue with scientists who find errors in it. There are studies that show a raw food diet that is low in fat can help with prostate cancer, perhaps to the point that treatment may be less invasive and that quality of life with the disease can be improved.
What is the Raw Food Diet?
The raw food diet is an eating plan that includes unprocessed, raw and unheated foods like never gone above 116 degrees Fahrenheit in temperature. The theory of the diet is that cooking food takes lots of nutrients and enzymes out. These enzymes are especially important, because they allow for food to digest naturally, which makes digestion easier for your body, and it allows it to use that energy for other bodily functions. Raw food users claim to have lost weight, cured diseases, improves skin, and to increase their overall levels of happiness. The diet consists of a mixture of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and in some cases even raw meat. Generally, the raw food diet larger than normal fat content (like most protein comes from high-fat nuts), but an increase in fruit and vegetables to maintain adequate calories can lead to a low-fat raw food diet.
Studies on Raw and Low-Fat
Prostate cancer studies have found that a high-fat diet can lead to increased risk for prostate cancer. Certain fat receptors, peroxisome proliferator activated receptors (PPARs) are expressed at very high levels in prostate cancer. When large amounts of fat is taken, this may enable the cancer cells to begin to grow. Two types of omega-6 fatty acids, linoleic acid and arachidonic acid, present in meat and whole milk, has been shown to increase the risk of prostate cancer. To support these claims are studies showing that a lowering of fat can help slow cancer growth and increased survival in men with prostate cancer. PSA levels decreased and survival went up in a group of mice that were fed a diet low in polyunsaturated fats. Raw food dieters have been found to have a lower body mass index, and a lower level of IGF-1 than those who eat cooked food. Since IGF-1 is a growth factor that is often associated with increased risk of prostate cancer and breast cancer, meaning a low level that there is less risk.
What do I eat?
The diet will consist mainly of fruits and vegetables, following close 80/10/10 raw food diet promoted by Dr. Douglas Graham (80% carbohydrates / 10% protein / 10% fat). You can eat apples, bananas, peaches, tomatoes, spinach, celery, carrots, broccoli, and other fruits and vegetables you like. Most of the calories in the diet comes from fruits, as there are very few calories in many vegetables. While nuts and seeds can also be part of your diet, you should limit them to less than 15 to 20% of calorie intake, fully embrace low fat raw lifestyle. There are many raw food communities that WeLikeitRaw online, which allows you to meet other raw food eaters and read their success stories. It is suggested that you use as many resources as possible, such as books and people to learn from the wisdom of those who have done a raw food diet for a very long time. While a raw food diet is a difficult eating plan, it’s worth testing out at least 30 days to see if you have any major health improvements as a result.