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The Ann Wigmore and Hippocrates Diet

Ann Wigmore was one of the first authors to promote the concept of raw eating. She introduced the public to the benefits of what she called “living foods.” She was also probably the first to juice wheatgrass.

It is because of Ann Wigmore and her work that sprouting is now widespread and that we can find sprouts in many supermarkets.

Nowadays, the Hippocrates Institute that she founded in Boston is in Florida.

While there are differences in the original program Ann Wigmore designed and that of today’s Hippocrates Health Institute, the basics have stayed the same. There is an emphasis on sprouts, green juices, vegetables, wheatgrass juice and the infamous “energy soup.” The energy soup is a raw vegetable soup made by blending sprouts with vegetables, avocado, and other veggies.

Ann Wigmore’s program is a therapy. However, it’s not something most people can or should do long-term.

First, there is a big emphasis on sprouts in the diet. But sprouted beans are difficult to digest and cannot be the basis of a healthy diet. They are complements that can be taken but should not be the basis of a meal.

Second, a diet of only sprouts, vegetables, green soups and limited fruit is not appealing.

There is also no proof that this way of eating is in any way superior to a whole food, plant-based diet.


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.