This British mother-daughter team asserts that a ``high-raw diet''in which 75% of foods are eaten rawcan reverse the effects of illness on the body, slow the aging process, increase energy levels, improve emotional and mental health and help people out of a state of ``meso-health,'' in which they may show no actual signs of disease but are poorly nourished and on the road to bad health. Combining personal anecdote and medical fact, the Kentons also offer creative recipe suggestions for this primarily fruit and vegetable diet as well as a plan for converting present diets to a high-raw one. This is a sensible and useful book for the nutritionally minded, but the authors may be overly enthusiastic in their cure-all claims. (March)
Raw-food dietshigh in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, low in salt, sugar, and additiveshave been the focus of renewed interest. In popular style, the Kentons review proven and hypothetical health findings (despite copious end notes, however, substantiation of some of the more unorthodox assertions is not always apparent). They provide recipes and lots of practical advice on making the dietary changeover. This book is suitable for public libraries with subject interest, but it would also be a good idea to acquire some of the classic raw-food texts of Bircher-Benner, Max Gerson, Ann Wigmore, Norman Walker, et al. Judith Eannarino, George Washington Univ. Lib., Washington, D.C.