The folks at Cacao Tree on raw and vegan fare, and how processed foods harm us
Published: April 18, 2012
MT: You used to be a carnivore. What caused the change in your diet?
Poupore: My personal health. When I was a teenager, I had 42 sick days. I was raised on processed foods. Fast food and frozen food were convenient. Once I understood the premise of eating fresh food, eating salads, learning that there was more than white bread and white rice, I took steps to educate myself, asking a lot of questions, seeking other alternatives. That led me down a path of good nutrition, wheat grass and sprouts and what greens can do to promote healing of the body.
MT: Is everything you serve organic?
Poupore: About 85 or 90 percent. Most of the stuff we use is for a reason if it's not organic. We have a specific organic produce company that delivers weekly. They try to get as many regional products as they can. Most everything is vegan. Everything is non-dairy. The only thing we have that some vegans won't eat is raw honey.
MT: Where is the raw food movement most prevalent?
Lang: Mostly in the UK and the U.S. It started in California where they have a long growing season. The 1 percent of us that are experimenting with raw foods are finding that they taste good and make you feel better.
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