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Raw Eating: The most radical book ever written

I first go interested in the raw food diet by reading a very radical book by Arshavir Ter Hovanessian called “Raw Eating”.

The book actually has some great knowledge about raw foods, but its tone is too radical to be accepted by most people. However it’s written with an enthusiasm which is hard to match!

Here’s a quote from the book:

“Raw vegetable food should be the only nourishment taken by man. The habit of eating cooked food should be abandoned in this world once and for all. This is the unerring demand of nature. The consumption of cooked food is the most terrible barbarism in the history of mankind, a barbarism that no one seems to be aware of and to which everybody falls an unconscious victim. No matter how strange the idea may seem to some, it is the absolute truth with which we cannot but acquiesce.”


The author of Raw Eating had recovered from a terrible disease through the raw food diet and later spent the rest of his life promoting it through his book.

The diet of the author was very limited and consisted basically of the following:

Morning: Nothing

Lunch: Meal of fruit

Dinner: Large salad consisting of grated vegetables, sprouts, soaked dried fruits, herbs and olive oil

Snack: almonds mixed with honey, or other nuts mixed with honey or dried fruits.

I believe personally that Hovanessian’s diet worked well for himself, but would not work for most people. Hovanessian had lots of weight to lose, and therefore could afford to live on a very Spartan diet.

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.