Why I Eat Grains, Soy, and Raw Vegan Junk Food

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In a previous ezine, I mentioned that I now eat a wider variety of plant-based foods than I used to when I was a raw foodist. I wrote that I eat beans, some grains, and even soy.

Some people wrote back in disbelief that I eat such cooked “junk”vegan foods. 

Why do you eat that when you sell books that promote a raw food diet?

Didn’t Mosseri, in the last books of his you published, said that grains were disease-causing foods we should avoid?

Let me clarify the topic for you.

First, it’s no secret that I’m not a strict raw foodist. I haven’t been eating a 100% raw food diet for over 12 years! At the beginning of my career, I did publish many books promoting a 100% raw diet, but that evolved over the years to a different approach.

I still aim at making fruits and vegetables the basis of my diet. 

As for the other foods that I mentioned, let me comment on them one by one:

Beans – Beans, soaked and cooked yourself, without added salt, are an excellent food group to add to a high raw diet. ½ to 1 cup a day is a good amount. 

Grains – I favor vegetables over grains. I prefer to go for fruit, root vegetables and other starches (potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, taro, squashes, etc.) as as source of calories. However, I find that eating some rice or other grains occasionally is okay. 

Soy – This is a controversial topic so I’ll refer you to a complete article I wrote about this. When I say soy, I mostly refer to tofu, soy milk, and tempeh. Contrary to common belief, soy doesn’t have to be fermented to be nutritious. However, choose organic versions and only unsweetened and unsalted soy milk. I don’t eat a great deal of soy, but I do enjoy some tempeh on occasion. 

In the middle of all of this, there are some guiding principles that I follow, that once analyzed, do start to make a lot of sense and explain many of my choices.

I will explore them in a future article.


Frederic Patenaude


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  1. robert says:

    Do you feel there is any need to cook sprouted beans and lengthier-tailed bean sprouts ?

    • Some of them are quite toxic raw (like red kidney beans). They can cause food poisoning. But sprouted mung beans don’t need to be cooked. You can also eat raw sprouted lentils, and even chickpeas.

  2. Penny says:

    Hi Frederic,
    Do you eat only whole grains, oats, barley, quinoa, rice and not processed grains like, bread, pasta, pastries?

    What is you opinion on the books, Wheat Belly by Dr. Davis and No Grain no Pain by Dr. Osborne.
    Both claim that grains cause inflammation and that is one of the reasons I find that makes sense since i am searching for ways to help with alleviating my migraines and eczema.


    • Hi Penny. First, I don’t eat many grains. I focus mostly on other sources of calories (fruits, tubers). But yes, I will eat the grains you mention, but I generally avoid bread. As for the book, I don’t think much of it. Whole grains do not cause inflammation (but refined grain products do). But it’s worth trying a diet where most of the calories come from tubers and fruit — that seems to give great results with migraines.

  3. Sharon Thompsen says:

    Frederick, what do you think about lectins that Dr. Gundry has been writing about. I’ve tried to avoid them and I must admit my stomach sure has flatten out a lot, so there must be something to the effect lectins have on the gut!

    • I think he’s wrong in saying that lectins are the root cause of health problems. But it’s true that some people don’t digest certain foods and cutting out certain plant foods can lead to some improvements. But the question is: which ones and why? I’d be interested to hear what foods you’ve cut out and which ones you think made the most difference.

  4. ERMI says:

    You eat grains and other food what has GLUTEN AND LECTIN in it you dont feel the harm now BUT THEY WILL HARM YOU ON A LONG year after year intake like did to me LEAKY GUT AUTOIMMUNITY CHRONS HASHIMOTO THYROID is it enough ???? !!!
    And a sprouted grains tand seeds ARE THE MOST HARMFULL BECAUSE THE HIGHIST LECTIN


  5. Dimitri says:

    Hi Frederic,

    I sometimes eat sprouted soy, but no more than once a week, because I feel the body needs to clean itself the day after eating grains, sprouts, …

    In my opinion a good basic diet would be fruits, fruits juice with suggar, and egg yolks.

    There’s no need for grain, cereals, or so.

    What do you think about juice with suggar, and also egg yolks, very important in my diet ?

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