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  • What’s on the menu at a raw dinner party?
  • What’s on the menu at a raw dinner party?
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Who eats raw?

The raw food movement isn't clear-cut; some are keen to keep it simple, others want to elevate it to gourmet grub. But with an abundance of products labelled raw in health food stores, has ‘raw’ become a label in itself? Who are these raw foodies and why do they prefer their food uncooked?

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Eating raw dated back to the early 19th century, but it was the publication of Leslie and Susannah Kenton's book Raw Energy – Eat Your Way to Radiant Health – published in 1984 – which put this style of eating on the map, popularising raw food staples like sprouts and fresh vegetable juices.

After a few quiet decades, the raw food diet is listed amongst the top eight diets by Medical News Today, alongside the Mediterranean diet, Atkins and Weight Watchers. [1] Searching Google for ‘raw food’ returns 226 million results, nearly five times as many for ...

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