Raw vs. cooked

Dear Dr. Ruth,
I just looked at your website. Awesome!! I’m having a very difficult time sticking to a vegan diet.  I’m also very confused about nutrition.  I’ve read so many articles, I even get Dr. McDougall’s messages and read his articles.  Why can’t we eat cooked grains and be healthy?  I know you recommend raw, but many doctors say we need cooked foods.  It’s very hard to stick to raw for a majority of people.  Karen

Hi Karen,
Yes, it is very confusing and so often reminds me of the six blind philosophers describing an elephant. We don’t yet know all there is to know about nutrition, and I don’t believe there is anything wrong with cooked grains. It’s just that when you compare nutrient values per calorie, fruits and veggies far surpass grains. I do raw primarily because it’s so darn easy and I know exactly what I am getting. I don’t trust anything that comes in a box, can, or jar — or even most restaurants! And you’re right, it’s difficult for most people in this society because eating dead animals has become so much a part of the culture because of the heavy advertising and all the money to be made. But if you care about your health, you’ll put only the very best on your plate! (:>)
Dr. Ruth