DAVID L. HORWITZ, M.D., PH.D.; LINDA SLOWIE, R.D., M.S.
To the editor: In his recent letter (Ann Intern Med 82:61-62, 1975), Douglass describes a decreased insulin requirement in diabetic patients placed on a diet containing an increased percentage of raw food. Although this observation is of interest, we believe the mechanism for this may be much more direct than his suggestions of non-inactivated enzymes in raw food or a more rapid transit time. It is well known that most plant foods consist of cells surrounded by a cellulose wall that is only slightly disrupted by chewing and through which digestive enzymes do not pass. The calories in these cells
HORWITZ DL, SLOWIE L. Raw Diet in Diabetes Mellitus. Ann Intern Med. ;82:853–854. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-82-6-853_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;82(6):853-854.
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