Effects of a raw food diet on hypertension and obesity

South Med J. 1985 Jul;78(7):841-4. doi: 10.1097/00007611-198507000-00017.


We examined responses to cooked and uncooked food in 32 outpatients with essential hypertension; 28 were also overweight. By varying cooked and uncooked food percentages and salt intake, patients acted as their own control subjects in this unblinded study. After a mean duration of 6.7 months, average intake of uncooked food comprised 62% of calories ingested. Mean weight loss was 3.8 kg and mean diastolic pressure reduction 17.8 mm Hg, both statistically significant (P less than .00001). Eighty percent of those who smoked or drank alcohol abstained spontaneously.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Blood Pressure
  • Body Weight
  • Diet, Sodium-Restricted
  • Female
  • Fruit
  • Goats
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / diet therapy*
  • Male
  • Milk
  • Nuts
  • Obesity / diet therapy*
  • Vegetables