Something is cooking at the Red Pepper Deli, Northville's newest cafe, it's just not in the kitchen. Opened up in September, this cafe serves only raw food. No, not like raw, bloody meats, but food that doesn't feel temperatures above 120 degrees. It's said that a raw food diet is healthy and more nutritious.Excerpt:
Carolyn Simon's new restaurant in downtown Northville is a raw
foodist's paradise -- a place where the "pasta" is cut from raw
zucchini, the sandwich bread is made of sprouted seeds, and the rich,
creamy coconut pie has never felt the heat of an oven.
cheerful, airy spot opened in September, and business has grown
steadily as news about it spread through the mainstream media and metro
Detroit's vegetarian, vegan and raw foods communities.
Raw foodists believe
that heating food above 120 degrees Fahrenheit destroys nutrients and
living enzymes that are necessary for the body to absorb nutrition. Raw
food is "living," they say, while cooked food is "dead." Most adherents
are vegan, meaning they eat no meat or animal products such as eggs and
The diet, which dates to the early 1900s, has long been
considered a fringe movement. But in the past decade, interest in it
has grown dramatically as celebrities and other prominent people have
tried it. Many praise it for helping them lose weight while improving
their energy, stamina, mental clarity and mood.
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