Jameth Sheridan on Cooked Foods that are Healthier than Some Raw Foods You May be Eating : The Renegade Health Show Episode #540

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Today, we’re going to continue Dr. Jameth Sheridan’s interview and he’s going to…

1. Talk about cooked foods that are healthier than some raw foods you may be eating.

2. Explain whether soy is good or bad for you.

3. Show you his guns. (Seriously.)

Take a look…

Your question of the day: Would you rather healthy, ethical and environmental or raw?

Click here, scroll down to the bottom of the page and leave your comments now!

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Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. Dan Linehan says:

    Great video! He made some really salient points about the whole “primal diet” versus vegan diet” debate that seems to be raging online lately.

  2. Sue Rushford says:

    Healthy, Ethical, and Environmental – hands down!!!!! I totally agree with Dr. Jameth Sheridan’s stance on everything I’ve heard from him so far including dozens of other interviews. Everything he talks about totally makes sense to me. Jameth is the man – great guns – great interview!

  3. Craig says:


  4. Stephanie says:

    h-e-e, hands down.

  5. Sandi Seegert says:

    Most soybeans grown in the U S are genetically modified – I think that the number is 91-93% so I believe that any soy food items, raw, sprouted, etc are toxic. And regular dried soybeans (no matter if their organic or not)soaked and cooked stink to high heaven! I skip the soy…

  6. Kevin says:

    i’ll take environmental, healthy and ethical…guess even just healthy if you put it that way :)what a concept

  7. Dawni says:

    Hey Kevin:

    He got it right! It’s the abundant variety of fresh, organic, whole-foods that works.

    I choose what works over ideology. H.E.E….!


  8. Pat G. says:

    If I had a tenth of his energy, I could finish my 10-hour day in 7. Great show, Kev, and the volume was purrrrrrfect. His tone and you lower tone were a match….thank you! PS If you ever need someone to script these interviews, LMK!

  9. Christie says:

    H/E/E for sure!
    It seems like the raw food mentality is either your all or nothing, and if your not all your striving to be so. I see the benefit to eating a small amount of cooked vegan/wheat free foods. It’s so easy to get trapped in a dogma and it’s great that a leading expert is willing to speak out.

    Thanks for the spectacular shows!

  10. Pat G. says:

    Raw is too broad, and I need discipline, so I go for door number 1.

  11. Cherie says:

    Healthy and NO SOY for me! That was a living @ell.

  12. Anabel says:

    I’ve heard some soy products are processed with the use of Hexane (a toxic chemical) and I’m wondering if that is why I had symptoms (headaches, night sweats, neurological difficulties) for all those years I ate a lot of tofu and soy products. I find that when I abstain 100% from soy, I don’t have those symptoms.

    I love raw food, however I’m going to go with whatever is the best diet ethically, healthwise, etc.. Staying Vegan for sure!

    It’s been a lot of trial and error. Also found that sublingual B12/B-complex drops can be very helpful for mood issus. 🙂

  13. Kathryn says:

    My goal is to be sustainable. I focus on eating within the season, whole foods mostly organic and super fresh. I believe everyone is different and you need to eat what makes you healthy. I enjoy the variety of opinions here some I agree with others I’ve not felt meshed with my path, but I know they help others.

  14. Sophia says:

    Healthy, ethical and environmental-most definitely!!! 🙂

  15. David says:

    This was one of my favorite shows. Thanks Kevin and Dr. Sheridan. The “black or white” blinders that people have about ‘raw’ or ‘cooked’ is so limiting and puts a lot of people off. Thank you for shedding light on this. My answer is obviously “healthy, ethical and environmental”. PEACE

  16. Henrik says:

    Healthy, ethical and environmental. There’s no question about it.

    I’ve experimented with some cooked whole grains and legumes this winter because the raw food I’ve been able to get hasn’t been the best quality. The only reason I eat raw is to be healthy, and if I’m healthier at 95% raw so be it.

  17. Kathryn says:

    First of all, I love watching your show everyday! Nutrition is quite a complicated subject and it has taken me about 30 years to figure it out. Unfortunately, there is quite a lot of misleading information put out intentionally or unintentionally. Taking studies at face value like the China Study without the knowledge of how studies are really done is part of the problem. Now if Mr. Campbell had used grass fed raw milk in his study I doubt that he would have come to the same conclusions. Using some toxic powdered form of milk would of course turn out BAD!

    Just something to think about….

  18. Mike Lowry says:

    Its like any diet or lifestyle, there should be a different one for everyone. I can pull off the 100 percent raw food diet, mainly liquids because of my biochemical constitution, but that doesn’t mean it will work for the next person. Wildcrafted or organic, predominately raw food is better than nothing and if you can do at least 51 percent raw than you’re doing amazing. Id rather my friends eat organic, cooked foods that are the right foods, than GMO foods that are debilitating to their health.
    My goal is to be healthy, vital, ethical, environmental AND 100 percent raw.

  19. Erin says:

    Of course, healthy, ethical and environmental is most important. These three factors are also my primary reasons for striving to eat a high raw diet. Raw food is mostly healthy without a doubt. Being organic, vegan and not requiring fuel to cook it makes it more environmental than most store bought foods. I agree one should not get caught up in the 100% raw dogma as some foods are not good raw. However, I feel another aspect of raw/superfood diets that is not addressed very often is the environmental impacts of exotic ingredients being shipped long distances to fulfill the everyday needs or desires of the raw vegan diet. Also, I have seen Fair Trade labels on coffee, but not much else. Plus, what becomes of all the packaging of our wonderful organic raw vegan superfoods? I reuse what I can, again and again. But ordering stuff online does not facilitate this reuse like the local healthfood store. Any insights here?

  20. john says:

    I prefer Raw ,as when God told Adam what foods were for him to eat, God never told him to cook or use fire It was only vegetation in the garden of Eden known as Paradise -Gods original plan.Then sin entered the picture and you know the rest. Thank you Dr. Sheridan well said. Your living proof. Thank you Kevin.

  21. I’d rather be healthy, ethical and environmentally friendly.

    Excellent show. Thank you Kevin and Jameth.

  22. nick says:

    Healthy, Ethical, and Environmental. I have not seen much difference in health from a 75% to 100% raw diet. It is healthier for me to socialize and relax!!!

  23. Cheryl Holt says:

    I would rather be healthy, ethical & environmental than 100% raw.
    I know for me with the exception of maca it is better for me to steam cruciferous vegetables before eating them to keep a better balance in my body.

  24. Marie1225 says:

    Hi Kevin and Annmarie,

    Great interview. I like him, he seems genuine. He’s not dogmatic, which I like as well. I’d much rather be healthy. I could not be 100% raw, and keep weight on, it was too hard for me. I do eat some lentils, quinoa, millet, and brown rice.

    Kevin I am trying to take your advice and put a head of something green into my smoothies each day. Could you please do some shows on fermented foods? Could you and Ann show us how to do it like you did for sprouting?


  25. Blair says:

    I really enjoyed this, I thought it was a great interview and so many raw foodies don’t understand this concept. I have sprouted chickpeas and made the hummus and it makes me feel bloated and gassy but when i make cooked hummus I feel great. I would love to hear more about which beans are better sprouted and which do better cooked. I think it is a great thing for people to understand.

  26. Gabi says:

    This has been very informative. You always seem to make videos about what I am thinking about.. I am going to have to watch this video again.. he talks so fast!! Luckily so, much information is relayed.

    I go with environmentally conscious which is the reason I am raw in the first place!

    This video is great.. Thank you!

  27. esther says:

    I think I can be both at the same time. Either or doesn’t work for me.
    That was the first time I heard Dr. Sheridan speak. What great energy, intelligence, and he’s super fly too!
    Thanks Kevin!

  28. Britt says:

    This is probably my new favorite renegade health show interview. I totally and completely jive with what he is saying.

    I struggled to become and stay raw for almost a year. Finally, I made the decision that I would rather consume a diet full of whole, low-fat, vegan foods then become too reliant on processed superfood powders and high fat gourmet in order to stay 100% raw. I’m now including a few low-fat cooked items, and I am doing MUCH better. I’m not saying that 100% isn’t possible, but if you are struggling then you need to really think hard about what your priorities are when it comes to food.

    When thinking about the future of the human race and the planet, do you think it is sustainable for us to be relying so heavily on exotic foods/powders/pills/etc.? If we are looking to get a lot more people eating a raw diet, then perhaps we need to come up with a more balanced and sustainable approach.

  29. Ineke says:

    Of course being ethical and healthy!! Excellent interview!!!

  30. Rhonda D says:

    I would rather be healthy, ethical & environmental, Thank you for such a great show.

  31. marcla says:

    H.E.E. for me! Even when I went raw I was maybe 80-95%. Because I LOVE my rice and started missing black,red, pinto and kidney beans. And brocolli I need to eat lightly steamed. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU Kev, for this video/interview.
    It indeed boils back to what YOU stress, LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!
    What I can stress over and over, no matter what or how you choose to eat, make sure it is FAIR TRADE and ORGANIC! AND RESEARCH for yourself. Don’t take my word for anything, don’t take Kevins word for gospel, or any of the interviews, RESEARCH FOR YOURSELF, and LISTEN TO WHAT YOUR BODY TELLS YOU!!!!!
    Also, I am with Sandi Seegert!!! NO SOY for me. I met a 30 year raw foodist who used to be into soy, he warned me about soy poisoning. And the GM thing! I learned of the GM thing before I met my friend. So I cut out ALL soy from my diet. But hearing the dangers of soy…. Educate yourselves, research.

  32. Cindy in Marin says:

    H-E-E too! Excellent show today. I am incorporating steamed veggies into my diet and I feel so much better. I love that I can eat cruciferous veggies now and have more energy with the variety I needed! I also put on needed pounds that couldn’t seem to happen any other way on 90-100% raw.

  33. Sarah says:

    Great interview. I really appreciated Jameth’s insights. I go with the healthy, ethical, environmental way of eating. It seems to work the best for me.

  34. Lucia says:

    I agree with Blair…I really enjoyed this show and it was very informative. I recently started this new way of eating and I’ve been feeling very bloated and uncomfortable. I’m not giving up because I know this is the way to go. I’m doing a lot of study myself and with listening to people like Kevin & Jameth Sheridan I’ll learn and maybe help others. Please try to tell us more about what things are better sprouted or cooked. Need more info on this and I’m sure others do too. Thank you again for the great show!

  35. Kristine says:

    Of course H-E-E. Thank you for another insightful and inspiring interview.

  36. Nicole says:

    This is one of my favorite episodes. Very reasonable and informative.

    I’ve felt guilty lately for having steamed veggies with one meal a day, like it’s a sign of “failure”—even though it prevents me from loading a salad with oily dressing or bingeing on nuts later.

    I’m also back to eating soy to see if it will improve my health BUT I have access to the kind of soy products Dr. Sheridan was talking about, as I live in Asia.

    Thank you for interviewing him!

  37. Nick says:

    At 6:48 he makes thee main argument against ALL pharmaceuticals, & is the source of most side effects. It is the isolating of the deemed “active ingredient” from the context within which it was originally found effective, then boosting that–this reeks much of the havoc. Then aren’t these active ingredients synthesized from motor oil, so then are mineral based, not taken in by the body as food, so burdening the liver, not to mention the one who has to live thru it, hehehe–?

    Thanks for interviewing this guy, & doubly, thanks to this episode making it a positive double whammy.

    Of course I’d rather cook than to eat something that would eventually cause problems for me if taken on a regular basis. But this begs questions like can something be good & right for me to eat in the 1st place if I got to cook it, being we’re he only species who cooks & are so off the rails of nature, so to speak? Then couldn’t a good vinaigrette take care of problems, at least like enough breakdown to render bioavailable? Or even a little fermenting?

  38. Susan says:

    H-E-E. I am mostly raw(high raw, as some call it) but can fluctuate and often eat steamed, sauted or baked veggies. Everyone is different. Some people can go totally raw, some can’t. I believe it depends on a lot of factors. Personally, I can’t digest many foods raw or cooked as my Celiac disease was not diagnosed until 45 years of age and by that time I was too damaged to regenerate and heal completely. Everyones’ physical constitution is different. Go for nutrition density, enjoy your food and don’t stress. If you stress about what you eat or what you do it will be counter productive, end of story. If you are 100% raw great. If you are 70% raw, great. There is no one right way.

  39. Garrett says:

    I would say I wish most of all to be balanced.

  40. Andrew Norris says:

    Perhaps b/c we try to motivate ourselves so much to stay raw – we play down any other option. Or perhaps b/c we subconsciously feel the need to defend our choice in diet – as the only correct option; but is that no as bad as any SAD dieter – refusing to listen to a wholefood or raw diet.

    wholefoods is healthy. and it is proven. even more so than raw, as there is not enough data yet. but raw is most likely more healthy than wholefoods, but I suspect not by as much as some believe; perhaps 20% as Jemeth said here.

  41. Andrew Norris says:

    just to backup a point I made; it is not totally proven that raw is healthier the wholefoods. raw does seem to be curing serious illnesses. but is it the best long term for healthy ppl? again, no studies, but I reckon it is:)

  42. Lyds Frith says:

    That’s such a tricky question!

    But, having thought about it ~ I feel that raw food is both ethical, healthy & environmental! ~ & gives one the energy to reach one’s Greatest potential & destiny!

    I have tried both raw & going from raw to cooked ~ & am just learning, really! ~ But did feel a little too ungrounded the way that I was eating, when raw as I didn’t consume enough greens & fats ~ So am still eating a little hoummous & too many avo’s at the mo! ~ But am growing & moving forwards every day :0 )

    God Bless you Always ~ Love,

    Lydia Xx xxxxxxx>

  43. Lyds Frith says:

    Onwards & Upwards ;0 )

  44. Jennifer says:

    I would rather be healthy, ethical, and environmental then Raw for sure! So, I am wondering if soy milk okay?

  45. Erica says:

    WOW this guy is brilliant… i thoroughly enjoyed this video, and so many things he said make complete sense. i love the conciseness! to answer the question of the day, i would rather be healthy, ethical, and environmental (and it seems like most other commenters agree!).

  46. Ashley says:

    H*E*E! What a great interview! So if low fat is the way to go, what is the best way to gain weight? I am having a little trouble putting on weight lately and have been eating extra avacados, salad oil and more nuts thinking it is the fat I am missing…. if you could do a show about healthy weight Gain that would be really superb!!! Thanks!!!

  47. Satori says:

    When I was little, my Japanese grandpa told me how soy products were developed in Japan. It’s my grandpa’s story, so I don’t know if it is true or not, but I thought it would be fun to shear the story with you guys:)

    Over a thousand year ago, when the idea of Buddhism finally started to sink into Japanese society, Japanese monks determined their diet to be vegan. Because they couldn’t buy a bag of hemp protein powder from the Renegade Health Store back then, they decided to eat soy beans as one of their main sources of protein. They attempted to eat them raw at first, but simply couldn’t. Many of the monks had digestive problems, and with no stomach pill available then, it made many men very ill. That was then, people started to ferment and cook soy.

    BTW, I’m for HEE all the way.

  48. I love this guy because he makes sense. I think I first heard him speak on one of the Renegade podcasts last year and was won over right away. There is SO much junk science and magical thinking in the alternative health field and it’s refreshing to see logic win out sometimes.

  49. Sue says:

    What a breath of fresh air. I agree with everything he says. I have been thinking a lot about this myself and have come to the same conclusions. I’ve looked at some of the raw-foodists diets and thought it looked just like a junk food diet, but raw; it’s so nice to hear a sensible point of view on this. Just because something is raw does not make it good for you and just because something is cooked does not make it inherently bad. I eat steamed veg, cooked brown rice and cooked pulses (I haven’t tried sprouted then steamed – I will now) and I believe that is way better for me than consuming loads of different powders and agave.

    It is absolutely better to be healthy, than raw and like this guy I believe that the best thing we can do for our health is to stop eating animal products.

  50. John says:

    Wow, this guy really makes sense. FINALLY! (other than Kevin and AnnMarie) A motivation to stay healthy.

  51. Michael T. says:

    I agree with much of what Jameth says, and of course there are many healthy cooked foods.

    However, I completely disagree on his statements about fat. There is no need to have a low fat diet, we just need to be eating the right kinds of fat.

    People who consume large amounts of coconut oil, for example, have some of the lowest rates of heart disease anywhere.

    Obviously, people should not eat hydrogenated soybean oil, etc. Unfortunately, the studies on fat consumption are based on unhealthy fats. If the scientists conducted studies based on healthy fats, they would find that they did not cause heart disease.

    Back around 1900, Americans consumed much more animal fat and had low rates of heart disease. 50 years later, we had switched over to vegetable oils, and heart disease rates took off. If all Americans stopped eating dangerous and often rancid oils such as soybean and canola, and instead consumed healthy fats like coconut oil and real butter, there would be much less heart disease.

    And regarding the China study, the wrong conclusions were made. The Chinese diet consists largely of refined grains, such as white flour and white rice. The smaller part of the diet is either vegetables or meat. Obviously, if your diet consists of refined grains and meat, with very little vegetables, you are going to have higher disease rates. However, if you kept the meat and the vegetables and simply reduced the amount of refined grain, there would be good health.

    The China study does not prove that eating meat is bad, it just shows that meat must be balanced by adequate amounts of vegetables.

    Many Chinese people survive on very little money, and when they go to the market, they buy either some meat or some veggies, but not a lot of both. For people on such low incomes, eating more meat means eating less vegetables.

    On the other hand, we relatively wealthy Americans can afford to buy meat and vegetables. But if we just eat the meat and grain and skip the vegetables, then we end up with higher disease rates.

    A voice for common sense,

    Michael T.

  52. Kelly says:

    I prefer healthy, envionmental, and ethical.
    BEST INTERVIEW EVER. Thanks so much!

  53. Michael says:


    Michael T. is absolutly wright. Most wild tribes on the earth eat high fat (between 30% to 80% of calories) and they are free of disease. Weston Price did a good research in that.
    All these tribes consider animal foods as absolutly necessary for health, even those tribes that eat mostly plants.
    The china study is not good and a lot of people have argued against it.
    It is most important that people learn to follow their bodies and not be so in their heads. For some time one needs only raw vegan, then one may need something cooked, then maybe some butter etc. LIfe is flowing and one is constantly changing. All these variables can not be brought into one diet that serves you well for your whole life.
    I experience dr. Sheridans energy as hyper and not good grounded, but his info on cancer was good.


  54. fabuleuxfab says:

    I also read something on wikipedia and elsewhere, explaining that the antioxidants contained in the tomato are actually made more available for the body when cooked; i.e, tomato sauce is a better source of antioxydants (4 times more) than raw tomato.

    I have the source here but it’s in french (http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antioxydants#L.C3.A9gumes_riches_en_antioxydants). I’ll translate it on request.

  55. Kris says:

    Thanks so much for this interview. Great work at continuing to present many viewpoints, and lots of great info. This is the only raw food site I visit now–

  56. tabitha says:

    jameth’s energy and enthusiasm is persuasive but i found his take on the china study to be a little light on detail, so thanks Michael T. there is also plenty of evidence for indigenous and traditional populations that thrived on high fat/animal product, no grain diets.

    a year ago i was eating brown rice every day. now, i haven’t had grains for months and feel great – and i had a raw milk/raw egg smoothie yesterday, something new for me and completely awesome! we’re all doing it differently.

    mr sheridan has found what works for him and that’s great, but i just don’t see the point of getting all overexcited about telling other people what they should and shouldn’t eat. the pressure to be 100% raw and telling people they must be vegan – it’s the same dogmatism to my ears.

  57. Jude Manche says:

    Really great interview! I listened to it over and over. H E E for me!

  58. Kat says:

    I am *so* willing to try vegan and/or vegetarianism. The problem is, I am a type 1 diabetic and if I can’t eat too much fruit (it raises my sugar through the roof) I am left with vegetables…

    Does anyone know of any resources for Type 1’s (insulin dependent)?

    Thanks! Loved Jameth’s enuthusiasm 🙂

  59. Joann says:

    Love Greener Grasses. I am of those who believe that we can have ethical dairy and honey if the animals/bees are treated humanely. There is a wonderful connectedness if so. I believe we can be ethical and healthy and high raw.

  60. carolyn says:

    Absolutely amazing! So much packed into 10 minutes! Thanks again Kev. 🙂
    H, E, E and soy free for me!!!

  61. I always enjoy listening to what Dr. Jameth Sheridan has to say. He is so knowledgeable and passionate! Great info!

    He really has a fondness for the “throw the baby out with the bath water” quote. Awful saying and I chuckle every time I hear it.

  62. Angie says:

    Healthy, ethical and environmental! 🙂
    Thank-you for the great show!
    -Angie Leigh-

  63. When I eat all raw, I get migraines, don’t know why. So, I eat about 50% whole, vegan cooked foods and I do great.

  64. That question is rhetorical, right? If anyone were to choose “raw” over “healthy, ethical and environmental,” they are totally missing the whole purpose of why we chose to eat raw in the first place. For me, the raw food lifestyle is not only the most healthy, but the most ethical and environmentally friendly as well.

  65. Melissa says:

    Loved this show! I loved Jameth’s viewpoint on everything you two discussed. He is REAL which I like and he makes very valed points when he speaks. I’m not completely raw but I do include a lot of it in my diet. I think with any lifestyle you will find extremists but you have to do what’s right for you. I loved when Jameth said you have to listen or read from a variety of sources and then make your own decisions. So, I would definitely say H.E.E!

  66. Leam says:

    I loved this interview!!! I definitely resinate with all that he was discussing – healthy, ethical and environmental all the way. Thank you so much for bringing such great topics to ponder and discuss.

  67. Ginny Fisher says:

    I’m healthy whole food and high raw eater and that’s what works for me. I’ve tried giving up meat completely and I feel terrible. My blood sugar is so out of whack that life isn’t worth living. So I eat small amounts of meats, lots of raw veggies, especially sprouts, some cooked veggies, and I also eat gluten-free. It’s what works best for me, and how I feel the best. I might make changes if I had a dire illness, but I’m blessed with good health at 63. God bless you for this show! A good one. (o:Ginny

  68. Lois Theisinger says:

    I’m healthy,ethical, environmentally friendly AND raw! I see the two as completely compatible, not an “either/or.”

  69. jronnie says:

    Whole food vegan has always seemed the right path for me. Good interview. I am tired of being so worried about eating raw.

  70. Laura says:

    Healthy, ethical and environmental. Always looking for the sustainable way too. Again-another great show. Love Jaimeth.

  71. Lorien says:

    I agree that HEE is better then raw. At this point I am eating raw foods that come from other countries, not sure that makes sense long term. I am currently nearly 100% raw. I eat cooked food one meal a week and make sure it is vegetation. When I went raw I had been eating a bowl of whole grain ceral soaked over night with no dairy or sweetener in it and home made vegetable soups. That was it as far as cooked food went. I cut those out on January first and lost 14 lbs in Jan., 7 lbs in Feb. % 4 lbs in March. In March I had a lot of social events and ate cooked food a few times a week. For whatever reason as far as weight goes, the amount of cooked food makes a real difference for me.

    It has made no difference in how I feel. I have been morbidly obese much of my life and thin a few times. Never made any difference in how I felt or my health. I simply never get sick. I have been sick only once that I can remember in my adult life (I am 53) and it lasted less then a day.

    I also have not always been vegetarian. I’ve gone back and forth many times. But as a child I always wondered why folks didn’t eat like the animals and I always preferred eating plants.

    Now I eat very simply. Nothing fancy, no equipment to make it with. Not much organic, here in the Northeast, organic is at least twice as much often three x as much as our local produce market. As I am able, I increase the amount of organic I buy and grow more of my own during the growing season. The only “prep” I do is what can be done with a knife.

    For me, the decision to eat raw was based on my desire to live a long time (I’m going for the record which is 999 years to the best of my knowledge), my desire to live a life that at the very least “does no harm” and my desire to die when that day does come peacefully in my sleep rather then in pain from some traumatic disease.

    Humans as a species have treated the earth badly. And just like our own bodies, the earth will heal herself if given the chance and will do what is needed to survive. As a species, perhaps we should think about the fact that our earth is an intellegent living being upon which we live. If removing us is the ony way for her to save herself and gain the space she needs to heal, we might be wise to assume that she could figure out a way rather then assume that we are smart enough to be the victor no matter what she does. Probably preaching to the choir here, most of the folks I read here are very mindful of the earth & the other non-human folks we share her with; at least it seems so.

    As far as fat in the diet goes, I have no idea how much is to much or not enough, haven’t paid much attention to that. I eat an avacado every morning, a sprinkle of sunflower seeds $ pumpkin seeds on my salad at lunch & a handful of nuts on my evening salad. I have had a HUGE craving for peanut butter for the past week. Any ideas why that might be out there?

  72. Super says:

    Healthy of course; What can one cook and not get the addiction?

  73. Marla king says:

    Thanks so much for this interview!!! I agree totally with him that whole grains and legumes need thorough cooking. The one comment made about how to gain weight is a good one. I have that problem, but have found that if one cooks the grains and legumes really well, I mean slowly and long until the nutrition is at the optimum availability, then she will find a big change in her problem to gaining weight. Taking a long time to eat I would say is the other important thing. THanks so much for this balanced view point presented. You guys do a fantastic job !

  74. Cindy (Sydney, Australia) says:

    Great interview. He is so passionate & energetic, it’s infectious. Sorry if i bring up points already asked but i didn’t have time to read everyone’s comments today. I have 2 questions about what he discussed. First in the countries he is talking about with high soy consumption & low level disease, i thought they ate mostly ‘fermented’ soy. I thought that made the difference. Also if the phytoestrogens attach to the receptor cells what happens to the estrogen that are bodies make and we take in from environmental factors?
    Second, he says that eating raw soy beans, chick peas, lentils etc are hard to digest and that they should be cooked or steamed but i thought that soaking eliminated that problem. I think this would be a great topic for a future show as to what soaking does to what foods to help with digestion and what specifically ‘needs’ to be cooked. I have heard that you shouldn’t eat lentils raw but I’m very confused.
    That’s for these great interviews and the education and have a great day

  75. Jana says:

    I also have questions about the phytoestrogens. If phytoestrogens, xenoestrogens, and our own naturally occurring estrogens are all competing for the same receptors, how does anyone know which estrogens are successfully attaching to the receptors?

  76. sharon says:

    Great interview. I didn’t “get” what Jameth said about not being able to digest sprouted chickpeas, soy, or lentils? I’m eating sprouted lentils a lot lately, but I do also have a lot of “air.” Does that mean I’m not digesting?

    A suggestion to #46 about gaining weight. I am also way too skinny and I asked Cherie Soria about that. She said to NOT load up on fats… that it would only make me sluggish. She suggested doing some weight-bearing exercise and building up muscle. Also said that I would become ravenous and would be eating more. I can’t imagine eating more than I do right now…I eat tons of food…even though I thought people who eat less live longer. Anyway, I’m trying the exercises because the muscle part sounded nice. Let you know.

  77. Janet says:

    What a great example of someone who is healthy and vegan. I do admire Dr. J. Dr. J, what is your blood type? You started young in your vegan diet. Would you suggest that a person who is an O blood type approach veganess differently than someone who is an A or AB?

  78. Janet says:

    Regarding the soy…it was actually not the soy in Asian cultures that was the healthy food item promoting health in their people, it was the SEAWEED!

    Soy is not a “weak” estrogen. It totally screwed up my cycle on just a little tofu 2-3 times a week when I was a vegetarian. Soy is quite powerful.

  79. zion says:

    Love this guy. Thanks Kev.
    Now, I don’t feel unauthentic about being a high/mid raw vegan…as a newbie, I have been bombarded with raw=good, cooked=bad dichotomy. Thanks so much for explaining soy. I have been warned by friends to stop using soy because it causes cancer now I understand the difference…much appreciated…By the way…I’d rather be a healthy vegan than Raw.

  80. Kym Hutcheon says:

    It’s pretty hard to argue with those guns! Impressive all around today. Not sure about the soy ideas. Personally, I have trouble digesting tofu but do pretty well with natto.

    Satori, #47, I’m sure your grandfather meant well, but both tofu and Buddhism were introducted from China (and Korea). Neither are indigenous.

  81. Jacquie says:

    Absolutely healthy, ethical and environmental. This was a GREAT interview, Kevin. I watched it three times just to try to absorb it all. Thanks! 🙂

  82. Nancy Zare says:

    No question. I’m for health! Healthy body, healthy environment, healthy planet. Raw is simply one approach to optimal health.

  83. michael says:

    One of the things that put me off eating your way ie raw was the fact that I love cooked food so this information is the answer to my prayers.
    Thank You.

  84. Ellena says:

    I love raw food restaurants, but thats more as an alternative to the Standard way they are cooked, and as a treat. I would much rather be H.E.E than be stuck in just Raw.I think too, that there are foods that you just can’t eat raw unless you blend them in a vita-mix. I don’t think they had vita-mixes back in the day…so…yeah. I love this Interview. It made sense, and i love how its not all or nothing.

  85. John says:

    My reasons for going towards an organic veg*n diet in the first place were for my health and the health of the environment. I am not 100% veg*n now but I’m not too far off. It’s been a struggle without having any support at all other than online.

  86. christina says:

    quite a lot of reactions !
    1! environment
    2. ethics
    3. health

    Like John that’s what lead me to changing foodstyle. Veggie first and now partially raw – and almost vegan.
    In my mind raw meant which weeds can I eat because they grow anyway and better to eat them than to find them annoying and ‘herbicide’ them. And wow, great! raw veggies are not only tasty they’re also good for you? Then I discovered what people were talking about when talking about raw. Gourmet recipes which I would love to taste (but can’t seem to prepare), superfoods, different and very appealing angle to health (pe Jameth Sheridan on dental health !!)….
    But I live in a city and not sure where to get the good weeds ‘where no dog has past before’ 😉 and am now buying nuts and seeds that have crossed the world anyway (environment?)… ;-( So continually need to re-assess the situation 😉
    PS If anyone knows of eco-raw gourmet restaurants in Europe, preferably Belgium, and even better in Brussels 😉 would love to have the address !!!
    Thousand thanks for the work you guys do!!

  87. NuNativs says:

    I love Jameth’s enthusiasm, but don’t buy the vegan philosophy as the be all end all on natural human diet. If this were so, there surely would have been some tribe, living primitive, somewhere on Earth, on such a diet, but the contrary is true.

    The diet that Jameth promotes, also consists largely of overly hybridized foods, that DO NOT exist in wild nature. Foods that don’t exist in nature are not natural. Nor could those foods be grown naturally, without our pampering hands. They are weak, and weaken the eater. The truth is, you’d be better off eating wild salmon and acorns.

    Also, Jameth suffers from what I’ve seen in many vegans, the dry, brittle, hair, and loss of hair in someone so young. I’ve noticed in my observations, that health shows quickly in the hair, as to shine, fullness, and strength. Meat eaters that eat healthy, usually fare better, in that regard.

  88. Susie says:

    How do we navigate through all of this?
    Please gather information from many sources then LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!!! Your body will give you all the answers you need.

    I would rather be healthy, ethical, and environmental than raw. That said, sometimes you can do both!

  89. amina says:

    This was so good information. I agree.
    It’s ok to eat cooked (healthy) foods also!
    Thank you for this show!

  90. baking soda says:

    OMG! Thank you. Finally a sane answer as to why cooked soy CAN be good for you.

    I’m Chinese, and my family, my grandparents, everyone I know have eaten soy, whole food soy, like, forever, and there’s no breast cancer issues or any other health related issues tied to soy. Then suddenly, I hear that soy is bad for me. Bad for my small sons. And I wonder why?

    Meanwhile, a little off topic, but I’d like to relate a story of why the traditional Chinese do not eat raw food.

    In the old days, everyone used to grow their own vegetables. And they used human poo (sorry, graphic!I know) as fertilizers. I remember seeing these huge trucks stopping at every house, sucking up all these gunk from the home septic tanks, and then coming over to my granddad’s house to deposit them at his compost heap. He’d let the whole goo sit there for a few months and then, he’ll scoop the compost up and use them as potting mix. The problem with human poo is that it’s also rich with parasites and bacteria, and I guess, somewhere during these few thousand years, someone realized that people do get sick eating raw vegetables grown this way.

    So, until today, the Chinese have a tendency to scald, quick fry, double boil under extreme low heat or steam their vegetables prior to eating.

    Don’t get me wrong. My family are high raw, but it’s a struggle to convince the Chinese that raw food is good for them. Even today, lots of Chinese shudder in horror, afraid of diarrhea!

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  92. Sara says:

    Interesting interview and I’m glad Jameth further clarified the issue and complication digesting legumes-particularly soy and the countereffects on the hormones. With regards to his question of the day- I wouldnt limit myself- I would like to be healthy, ethical, environmental, AND raw! Reading the feedback above regarding his reference to the china study makes sense- I think the stem of disease is more a lack of balance- too much of one thing and not enough of another then add emotions/stress into the picture and things get further complicated. Having been on Raw living food for nearly 3 years now- I find that even though too much fat from nuts/seeds does not agree with my terrain- eating cooked grains such as quinoa/millet does not agree any better in fact most cooked food now comes out the same way I took it in no matter how much I chew- and because the life force is gone I keep eating trying to satisfy the hunger. I finished a month long intestional cleanse on the EJUVA and juice fasted the last week of that and felt the best I had in months overrall. Parts of me would like to continue on that quest b/c now back on solid food my body and digestion arent nearly as strong as when I was fasting. Again its back to balance- and hybridized cooked or raw foods for that matter to me are not the answer!

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