GARFIELD C. PICKELL, M.D.
To the editor: Dr. Douglass (Ann Intern Med 82:61-62, 1975) suggests that the salutary effect of a raw diet on diabetic control may be due to "non-inactivated enzymes that are present in raw items or with the fast transit time that is inherent in a raw diet." It is unlikely that enzymes not absorbed in active form have any notable effect during their brief enteric lives, particularly in view of their being active during a relatively long shelf life, shared with foods that are ultimately cooked. The implication of a rapid transit time seems to be that caloric absorption is
PICKELL GC. Raw Diet and Diabetes Mellitus. Ann Intern Med. ;82:723–724. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-82-5-723
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;82(5):723-724.
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