Is it possible to reverse diabetes with diet changes alone? Some health experts and patients believe it is. Even those who are skeptical about a complete reversal of the disease understand that a change in eating habits makes it much easier to control and reduces the need for diabetic medication. Eating a raw food diet is considered one of the most effective ways to manage and possibly eliminate diabetes.

Raw food diets are made up of foods not heated above 116 degrees F. Though many raw foodists strictly eat raw 100% of the time, it is possible to reap the benefits of the raw foods by creating a diet that is 75% raw. This includes fresh, uncooked fruits and vegetables, as well as foods that are dehydrated and blended, fresh juices, sprouted seeds, grains, and beans, and soaked nuts. Though it might initially not seem like it, people can get every nutrient needed for good health from these foods alone.

A major reason why raw food diets are so beneficial to those suffering from diabetes is the boost in nutrients. Many of the important things found in healthy foods, such as phytonutrients, enzymes, and proteins, are damaged when heated above 118 degrees. When you eat food with damaged nutrients, it leaves your body feeling deprived, so you eat more. It creates a cycle of constant eating and constant starvation. Eating raw allows your body to enjoy the benefits of the foods you eat. You increase your intake of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals while eliminating empty calories.


Obviously, diabetics struggle with their sugar intake. Ask someone with even the most rudimentary understanding of diabetes and he or she will tell you eating too much sugar causes diabetes. Raw food diets cut out much of the sugar found in the standard American diet. Since foods are not baked or cooked, the limited amount of sugar in the diet comes from fruit. Those following a raw food diet are not forced to contend with hidden sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Research shows the amount of sugar in the average diet is astronomical, so cutting out the ways in which sugar makes it into your system goes a long way in managing diabetes.

Other Carbohydrates

Sugar can make it into your system in unexpected ways, too. You might think eliminating dessert and sweets is enough to manage your sugar intake, but this is not true. Other carbohydrates, such as refined flour, are converted to sugar in your body. Eating a raw food diet eliminates refined flour and prevents the carbohydrate overdose.


Another advantage of eating raw is the increase in fiber. Fruits, vegetables, and sprouted grains are packed with fiber. This fiber takes longer to digest in the system after it is eaten, so glucose is absorbed into the bloodstream gradually. The magnesium content in these foods is also beneficial because it has been shown to control blood sugar levels. In short, by eating a raw food diet, you are no longer launching sugar bombs into your body.

There is evidence that eating raw can reverse diabetes. The 2008 documentary film, Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days tracked the accomplishments of six Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics as they made the transition from a standard to raw diet. All of the participants showed improvement. Their blood sugar levels dropped and their energy levels improved. Insulin became unnecessary and at the end of the program, test results showed non-diabetic results. These results surprised even the most avid supporters of non-medicinal diabetes management and the raw food diet because most believed reversing Type 1 diabetes to be impossible.

The bottom line whether you believe diabetes is reversible or not, is you are healthier when you make healthy food choices. Commit to including more raw foods in your diet and aim for 75% raw. Those who reach 50-60% raw most days are still doing a great job improving their health. The good news is as you improve your eating habits you will experience a boost in energy and feel better overall. This motivates you to continue your new habits and strive for good health.

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