Does the raw food diet work to reduce the risk for cancer?

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While many raw foods, including raw vegetables and fruits have health benefits, and may support healthy cells and immune function, there is presently no evidence that a raw food diet reduces the risk for cancer. In fact, some of the phytochemicals in foods, like the carotenoids beta carotene and lycopene, are better absorbed by the body if eaten cooked with a little healthy fat. A mostly plant-based diet is currently recommended for reducing the risk of cancer, but these foods do not need to be eaten in a raw state.

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