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What is the 80-10-10 Diet? Interview with Doug Graham

As you probably know, there are many different possible approaches to the raw-food diet. The most popular approaches focus heavily on nuts, seeds, avocados, “superfoods”, supplements, etc. β€” while forgetting about the most important aspects of the diet: fruits and vegetables.

I call this, the “high-fat raw diet” or the “hollywood raw diet!”

Why? Because it’s very common as a fad with Hollywood stars, and because of this undereating of fruits and vegetables, most raw-foodists end up consuming very large quantities of fat β€” often 50 or 60% (or more) of total calories.

The idea of “eating anything raw, as long as it’s raw” simply doesn’t work. I tried it for many years, ever since I first started on the raw food diet in 1996, and it never worked. I’ve been saying this since 2002, when my book “The Raw Secrets” was published and exposed the common fallacies in the raw food movement.

What’s the solution?

Making fruit the most essential part of the diet (in terms of total calories), while eating enough green vegetables to insure sufficient mineral intake, is one of the keys to success.

I call this diet the “low-fat raw diet” or the “fruit-based raw diet”.

The champion of this approach at the moment is Dr. Doug Graham, with his book “The 80-10-10 Diet”.

You’re probably familiar with the approach, and if you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend that you do so. Instead of trying to tell more about it myself, I did a little interview with Dr. Graham itself, check out it below.

Note: You might have to jack up the volume because the insects were pretty loud by the jungle in Costa Rica, where I interviewed Doug!

In my next post, I will tell you where my philosophy is slightly different than Doug’s. I have a few different opinions when in comes to:

1) Vitamin B12 supplementation

2) Steamed vegetables vs. high-fat raw meals

3) The actual percentage of fats in the diet

4) Calories

Stay tuned for that!

NOTE: The best way to get started with the 80-10-10 Diet is with the Perfect Health Program.Β It contains over 12 hours of information and interviews with me and Dr. Graham on the 80-10-10 Diet, and more!

Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude

Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.


Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.