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
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HORWITZ DL, SLOWIE L. Raw Diet in Diabetes Mellitus. Ann Intern Med. 1975;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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